Halim El-Dabh
Mar 04 , 1921 - Nov 19 , 2017

Composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator Halim El-Dabh is internationally recognized as Egypt's most important composer of classical music. His numerous musical and dramatic works have been performed in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Israel, Nigeria, Japan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Among his compositions are eleven operas, four symphonies, numerous ballets, concertos, and orchestral pieces, works for band and chorus, film scores, incidental music for plays, chamber and electronic works, and works for various combinations of African, Asian, and Western instruments. His ethnomusicological researches, conducted on several continents, led to unique creative syntheses in his works, which, while utilizing contemporary compositional techniques and new systems of notation, were frequently imbued with Near Eastern, African, or even Ancient Egyptian aesthetics.

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Composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator Halim El-Dabh is internationally recognized as Egypt's most important composer of classical music. His numerous musical and dramatic works have been performed in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Israel, Nigeria, Japan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Among his compositions are eleven operas, four symphonies, numerous ballets, concertos, and orchestral pieces, works for band and chorus, film scores, incidental music for plays, chamber and electronic works, and works for various combinations of African, Asian, and Western instruments. His ethnomusicological researches, conducted on several continents, led to unique creative syntheses in his works, which, while utilizing contemporary compositional techniques and new systems of notation, were frequently imbued with Near Eastern, African, or even Ancient Egyptian aesthetics.

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