Night Along the Top, with Mr. Abdel Wahab
For string orchestra (at least 4, 4, 3, 2, 1)
- 13 November 2009, National Bank hall, Belgrade. St. George strings, Bojan Suđić (cond.)
An earlier version of this piece, for strings and two horns was performed by ensemble Royal, at the conservatory at the Hague during the spring festival, 2008.
As the basic grain of this piece I am using two very short fragments of a song written and performed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, an Egyptian singer and composer, one of the greatest figures of the Arab music world of the 20th century. The score explores this basic material, and the music is derived from my won private experience of listening to the original song – “exotic” music sung in unfamiliar language – with my “foreign” ears.