Near Eastern & Middle Eastern Scores and Sheet Music Resource

Hamparsum Limondjian developed the Hamparsum notası (notation) which was the first extensively used notation system for transcribing Ottoman Art Music from the late 1700s till the adoption of Western Music Notation.  The system is still used in Armenian Orthodox Church.
Hamparsum Limondjian developed the Hamparsum notası (notation) which was the first extensively used notation system for transcribing Ottoman Art Music from the late 18th century till the adoption of Western Music Notation in the 20th century. The system is still used in Armenian Orthodox Church and was developed from the earlier Khaz neume system which dates back to the 9th century.

*UPDATED 2015 MAY 2* Over the years I’ve regularly played in or worked with Near Eastern or Middle Eastern Groups (Ahel El Nagam, Baladna, Eastern Caravan Group, Raks Makam); have worked with musicians from those regions (Hussam Al Aydi, Mousa Alradwan, Shahyar Daneshgar, Brian Jaffar, Ozan Akkus); or play in fusion groups which often perform music from these regions (il Troubadore, Kermes, Secondhand).

Often, I’ll learn the tunes by ear from recordings or musicians, but sometimes having sheet music can be useful.  Here are some online and print resources that I have used in the past or which can be useful to someone new to music from these regions.

 

Ahel El Nagam
Jon SIlpayamanant with Ahel El Nagam performing at Shiraz Mediterranean Grill in Louisville. 24 July 2009.

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ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Jon Silpayamanant (left) playing with the Eastern Caravan Group at Cafe Django in Bloomington, Indiana. September 4, 2011
Jon Silpayamanant playing with the Eastern Caravan Group at Cafe Django in Bloomington, Indiana. 4 September 2011.

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ONLINE LISTS (LINKFARMS & COLLECTIONS)

 

Jon Silpayamanant encouraging a couple of young Ahiska Turk girls to play the Daf and Darbuka.
Jon Silpayamanant encouraging a couple of young Ahiska Turk girls to play the Daf and Darbuka. 8 June 2013.

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PRINT RESOURCES

 

Jon Silpayamanant performing with Raks Makam at the Eifler Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. October 7, 2011.
Jon Silpayamanant performing with Raks Makam at the Eifler Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. 7 October 2011.

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MISCELLANEOUS

 

Jon SIlpayamanant playing dumbek and triangle in Kenneth Sarch's "Ahlan Sabaya Alfarah" arranged for String Orchestra; drum and finger cymbol parts arranged by Dr. Rob Amchin with the Floyd County Youth Symphony Festival Orchestra. 13 May  2013.
Jon SIlpayamanant playing dumbek and triangle in Kenneth Sarch’s “Ahlan Sabaya Alfarah” arranged for String Orchestra; drum and finger cymbol parts arranged by Dr. Rob Amchin with the Floyd County Youth Symphony Festival Orchestra. 13 May 2013.

Miscellaneous Resources
http://lit.gfax.ch/

3 thoughts on “Near Eastern & Middle Eastern Scores and Sheet Music Resource

  1. wowza! And I was excited about my two wee books I’ve been carrying around for years –
    Sadika’s Tunes – Mimi Spencer (I got this at Pennsic 1999 and have been playing Uskudara Gideriken ever since!)
    Balkan folkdance gigbook – Miamon Miller (the name says Balkan but I swear I found Ukrainian/Hutsul tunes in there)

    1. The Mimi Spencer books are great!

      Yeah, sometimes the Balkans and culture overlap West Asian/Central Asian culture–especially the music. Some tunes are shared from as Eastern Europe as far as South Asia–I play this wonderful and gorgeous Klezmer tune called “Araber Tantz” which I recently heard an Indian version of (in 7/8) that folks there claim is a tune originating from Greece!

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