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Music for the Classical Oud

Music for the Classical Oud

Dating from antiquity, the oud is a mainstay in Middle Eastern music. The oud, a pear-shaped instrument, has 11 or 12 strings grouped into 5 or 6 double-stringed courses. The fingerboard is unfretted, allowing the performer to play in quarter-tone scales. In this concert recording from 1963, Kasmis El Fino plays two short and two long untitled compositions, demonstrating his skills in slow, free-rhythm improvisation (“Taksimes”) and in changing from one nagham (tonal scale) to another (“Tagheer”).

Track Listing

Selection No. 1 Khamis El Fino Ali 3:55
Selection No. 2 Khamis El Fino Ali 14:16
Selection No. 3 Khamis El Fino Ali 14:06
Selection No. 4 Khamis El Fino Ali 3:40