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Author Danielson, Virginia.

Title The voice of Egypt : Umm Kulthūm, Arabic song, and Egyptian society in the twentieth century / Virginia Danielson
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1997
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 273 pages) : illustrations
Series Chicago studies in ethnomusicology
Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Contents "The voice and face of Egypt" Some questions ; Speech about music ; Listening ; Performing ; "Popular" music ; The individual ; Social issues -- Childhood in the Egyptian delta. "Min al-Mashāyikh" ; Performing experience ; The audiences -- Beginning in Cairo. Music in Cairo ; The "Bedouin" singer ; An education in music and performance ; A turning point ; 1926 and beyond -- Media, style, and idiom. Taking a direction in style ; Producing concerts ; Negotiating the public ; Recordings and radio ; Making films ; Developing an idiom -- "The golden age of Umm Kulthūm" and two cultural formations. The 1940s ; Musical populism ; New films ; Neoclassicism ; The impact of the new Qaṣāʼid and the populist songs -- "The voice of Egypt": the artists' work and shared aesthetics. Building the model of the song ; The concerts ; "her voice ...!" ; "But can you understand the words?" ; "She was good because she could read the Qurʼān" ; "She gave us back the Qaṣīda" ; "She never sang a line the same way twice" -- Umm Kulthūm and a new generation. The national songs and "Rābiʻa ʼl-ʻAdawiyya" ; "A new stage" ; Collaboration with ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ; The resilience of al-Sunbāṭī's songs ; The Ughniyya ; The widening market ; The concerts for Egypt ; "The Fallaḥiin are my self" ; The repertory not sung -- Legacies of a performer
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-261) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Umm Kulthūm, 1898-1975.
Music -- Social aspects -- Egypt.
Popular music -- Egypt -- History and criticism.
Singers -- Egypt -- Biography.
Songs, Arabic -- Egypt -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96045394
ISBN 0226136086 (electronic bk.)
9780226136080 (electronic bk.)