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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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Chapter 18 Music
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Egyptians love music, although, as this chapter argues, it was seen as a distraction and not something serious. It explains that male musicians would usually sing and play an instrument, and were seen as people of disrepute, yet hired for grand occasions. Meanwhile female professional singers would sing for private audiences and make a lot of money. There were a great variety of instruments, and this chapter includes illustrations and descriptions of them: kemengeh” is a bow-instrument, “kanoon” a kind of dulcimer; an “ood” is a lute; a “nay” is a flute; “rikk” is a small tambourine; a “tamboor” is a mandolin; and so forth. It also explains what sort of performers and groups use these different instruments (from weddings to religious processions, from private gatherings to boatmen on the Nile) and ends with the musical notation and words to a number of popular songs.

Keywords:   Music, Instruments, Song, Singers, Performers, Musical notation

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