This course examines the origins and techniques of classical Arabic singing, specifically the revered muwashahat repertoire of Aleppo. Muwashahat are songs based on an ancient Arabic poetic form with lyrics in classical Arabic. This course will focus on repertoire in maqam Bayati.
This course is for students who already have some experience singing, though not necessarily in the Arabic style. We will focus on correct Arabic pronunciation and interpreting musical scores and rhythms, of which one piece can contain multiple.
Each of the classes in this course will focus on a different piece (muwashah), not yet covered in previous versions of this course. Repertoire will include: “Ma Li Ghinan Ma Liya”, “Hayyaja al-Ashwaq”, “Arrifqu Bi-Maftoon”, “Bi-Llahi Ya Bahi Shiyam”.