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"arabic, middle-eastern" sounding classical music

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A few years ago, I was tuning my radio to the classical station and I happened to hear a piece of music that is arabic and middle eastern sounding, sort of like "aladdin"

It is definitely western classical violin music, but played in the "Aladdin" fashion. I really love it but sadly, the station failed to mention the title of the music

Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations for such music?

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Maybe Scherherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov? It has a gorgeous concertmaster solo (which is almost always on the audition list for any concertmaster/associate concertmaster position).

I have recordings by both Philadelphia/Ormandy and Atlanta/Spano. They're both excellent.

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Nope, that's not it

I have that piece by Rimsky already.

the piece I am talking about....when you hear it, it instantly transports you to a land of castles, sand dunes, deserts, magical flying carpets...:)

hmm...i will have to keep on searching then

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Some early lute music would fit the bill -- not really in a 'film music arabesque' sense, perhaps more in a 'middle eastern folk' sense of the word. Hans Neuseidler's "Jüdentanz" has been recorded a lot. And much classical guitar music from Spain seems to bring the moorish history to mind...

on edit:

Ooooh! oooh!!! Polovetsian dances from Borodin's "Prince Igor"??? Kinda a chestnut, but I thought I'd mention it...

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Richard Nanes' Rhapsodie Pathetique for Violin and Orchestra sounded this way to me, although perhaps more Jewish than Arabic sounding.

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I had heard a piece exactly as you describe, but couldn't remember it...it's been on my mind...and it just came to me! Carl Nielsen's Aladdin! You can find a review on Amazon.com - I think that's the one!

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No eli.  it is not Bolero.

I think I might know what Jeffie meant.  I have also heard such a piece on the radio on several late nights and because it was late at night there was no announcement on the title of the music.

It is a very beautiful piece, at an instant you will feel the great expanse of sand dunes in an isolated desert.  the pace is slow and majestic,  it reminds me of a scene in a movie ... like a journey in a vast desert.  absolutely beautiful.

I heard it a few years back and to date I am still looking for this piece of music.

If you know,  please email to me at jot.liner@gmail.com

Thanks!!!

 

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Who knows what someone was listening to fifteen years ago, but it strikes me as kind-of amusing that no one considered that "'arabic middle-eastern' sounding classical music" could actually be Arabic (or Persian or Egyptian or Turkish or...) classical music played with European instruments or a middle eastern orchestra.  I guess it's unlikely that Um Kulthum's takht (orchestra) could have been what the OP heard on a regular classical European music radio station, but... maybe...

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On 10/11/2017 at 11:27 PM, Dean 13 said:

maybe Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 by Max Brunch

  Perhaps, is there a violin transcription? That's a cello work.  

Max Brunch was pretty good, and Earl Sandwich, who happened to be a predecessor might be the one the OP is searching for.  E. Sandwich wrote a little known work with Arabic theme material called Salam, Salami Baloney, Salam. It was scored for violin and nai flute and often featured in Warner Birthers cartoons. 

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4 hours ago, Stephen Faulk said:

  Perhaps, is there a violin transcription? That's a cello work.  

Max Brunch was pretty good, and Earl Sandwich, who happened to be a predecessor might be the one the OP is searching for.  E. Sandwich wrote a little known work with Arabic theme material called Salam, Salami Baloney, Salam. It was scored for violin and nai flute and often featured in Warner Birthers cartoons. 

Like!  :lol:

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Hers, this is practically "classical music"now.... Maybe this is it :lol:

By the way the scales that gives westerners the "flavor" of the middle east is the harmonic minor scale, as well as certain "modal" scals like Dorian for example

 

 

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You know the interesting thing about metal bands is that the lead guitarists are just like solo career violinists: Ultra Nerdy and super macho at the same time.

 

How do they do that? 

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34 minutes ago, Stephen Faulk said:

Thank you, don't forget to tip the hostess on the way out. I'll be here through Jan. 7th. Two shows on Saturday....

Nothing like an old-fashioned, traditional, performance with pride and integrity.  Your using the real, live (to begin with), snakes instead of rubber ones really makes the act. :ph34r::lol:

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