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by Moustafa Gadalla

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This book presents the major Ancient Egyptian musical instruments, their ranges, and playing techniques. ( )
  MGadalla | May 7, 2017 |
While discussion of Egyptian musical instruments was included in Egyptian Rhythm: The Heavenly Melodies, readers interested in further details about Egypt's musical history will find Egyptian Musical Instruments offers a narrower focus that examines the range of early Egyption musical instruments and their playing techniques.
Where the prior book closely examined the cosmology that forms a foundation for Egyptian music, this book is especially appropriate for music history readers interested in instrument development and technique, offering a closer inspection of the process of early Egyptian musical developments.
Chapters use archaeological evidence and visual depictions from relics to consider not only the makeup of these early instruments, but how they were played and how performances were crafted. They discuss various musical instruments recovered from Egyptian tombs and residing in museum holdings around the world, reviewing the distinctive rules of the Egyptian musical profession.
Black and white and color photos throughout provide visuals of early illustrations and musical instrument relics as discussions consider the specifics of how they were played and integrated into society: "Ancient Egyptian tombs and temples yield several series of choreographic, rhythmic and melodic hand signs that correspond to certain signs of chironomids. The tones are presented by different positions of the arms and fingers (forefinger against the thumb, the stretched out hand, etc.), resulting in an absolute correspondence between tonal steps of the Ancient Egyptian musical system and hand signals."
Egyptian Musical Instruments is a 'must' for any serious collection on world musical heritage in general and Egyptian ancient history in particular, providing a specific focus that answers many questions and provides readers with a powerful grasp of not just early Egyptian musical history, but reasons why that heritage has not been fully explored before.
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This book presents the major Ancient Egyptian musical instruments, their ranges, and playing techniques.

This book consists of five chapters:

Chapter 1: The Wealth of Instruments will cover the general characteristics of Egyptian instruments as well the major components of the musical orchestra

Chapter 2: Stringed Instruments will cover various Ancient Egyptian stringed instruments such as lyres, tri-gonon (zither), Harps including playing techniques: Harps—Playing Techniques; The All-Encompassing Capacities of Ancient; string instruments with neck—such as short-neck Lute; the long-neck Egyptian guitars; and Bowed Instruments [Kamanga, Rababa].

Chapter 3: Wind Instruments will cover The end blown flute; transverse flute; pan flute; single reed pipe (clarinet); double Pipe; double clarinet; double oboe; arghool; others (bagpipe and organ); and horns/trumpets.

Chapter 4: Percussion Instruments will cover the membrano-phone instruments such as drums and tambourines; and the non-membrano-phone (idiophone) instruments such as percussion sticks, clappers, sistrums/sistra, cymbals, castanets, bells (chimes), xylophone and glockenspiel and human parts (hands, fingers, thighs, feet, etc.).

Chapter 5: The Musical Performance will cover the significance and roles of the fingers and their knuckles in producing and directing musical performances; as well as the varied methods for maintaining the rhythmic timing/tempo—including the use of syllables.
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