Tahrir

(November 2014)

For alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar, and drums. Contact me for parts.

Like most of my music, “Tahrir” is loosely composed with and organized based on a 12-tone row. In this case, the unadorned row is introduced in the opening bars of the composition, and later returns in the closing bars.

Many of the harmonies and melodies themselves, however, are inspired by Arabic music. In particular, different modes of the نوى اثر (Nawa Athar) and حجاز (Hijaz) families of maqamat are employed, especially the شد عربان (Shad ‘Araban) maqam. In the Western musical tradition, one might see some of these as different modes of the Phrygian dominant scale.



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On 9 November 2014, I made a rough recording of a rough rehearsal of “Tahrir”: