A VIAMAP exploration of the Tunisian ṭubūʿ

The fourteen analysed instrumental pieces are taken from the ‎Tunisian repertoire of traditional ṭubu’ – mainly improvisations of Muḥammad Ghānim on rabāb and °Khmayyis° Tarnān onʿūd °ʿarbī° – recorded at the 1932 Congrès du Caire. We show that the tools developed in the last few years allow for a thorough analysis of this repertoire and, mostly, that even the most “simple” performances by renowned musicians have much to tell about the music that they tried to represent at this occasion.

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A new approach to teach the arab music forms

Author : Aicha Kalleli. The musical form is not a simple combination of different elements of a musical whole no a structural covering of the musical discourse. It is a multidimensional phenomenon that reflects the evolution of the different styles of composition of Arabic music.

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Historical musicology, ethnomusicology, analysis : Is a general musicology possible ?

Author : Jean-Jacques Nattiez. Throughout my career, I have campaigned for scientific knowledge of the musical fact. It was an opportunity to break down barriers between the various academic disciplines. That is why I am particularly grateful to my Tunisian friends to act in favor of musicology by publishing a closing text to my heart, the one where I show the needs for musicology, to grow in the awareness of existence and concerns of each of its individual components…