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Ballad of Expected Death in Cairo op. 20b, Ballade vom erwarteten Tod in Kairo op. 20b

By Tsippi Fleischer

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Mezzo soprano, 2 violins, viola and piano - Level 3
Composed by Tsippi Fleischer (1946-). Sound Research of Women Composers: Contemporary Music (C 277). Contemporary (21st century). Score and parts. With modern typesetting. Duration 15 minutes. Furore Verlag #FUE 7610. Published by Furore Verlag (FV.FUE-7610).

Item Number: FV.FUE-7610

ISBN 979-0-50012-761-1.

The Ballad of Expected Death in Cairo was written during summer 1987 while Tsippi Fleischer travelled to Cairo where she discovered a text of the poet Sallah Abd El-Sabur. It deals with death from a philosophical point of view and contains flowing descriptions of scenes of everyday life in Cairo.

Fleischer travelled to Egypt to meet and exchange ideas with other musicians. In Cairo she discovered the poem Winter Song of the poet Sallah Abd El-Sabur. Influenced by that, the music came to her while walking through Cairo in the mist of early morning. The combination of the smell of the city, masses swarming in the streets, those ornate street signs and the call of the muezzin was the additional inspiration for the work. It deals with death from a philosophical point of view and contains flowing descriptions of scenes of everyday life in Cairo. The Ballad could be described as an opera seria, which follows the patterns of the Kurd Maqam, one of the melodic lines of the Arabic sound system. Arabic music is in its purest form always monophonic. It follows only a single melodic line, which is repeatedly modified and refined. Each maqam (melodic line) has expressed its own name, either refers to its geographical origin, such as Maqam Hijaz, Maqam Kurd and so on.

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