Mohamed El Qasabgi
محمد القصبجي

 
Biography

Mohamed El Qasabgi was born in Egypt in 1892. He learned the oud at an early age, and in his twenties he began to compose music - he would go on to write songs for some of the greatest Egyptian singers of the time, including Mohamed Abdel Wahab (whom he also taught to play the oud), Umm Kulthum and Asmahan. In 1924 he also formed his own ensemble, and was a pioneer in incorporating elements of Western music into Arabic classical music. He passed away in 1966, having established a reputation as one of the leading Egyptian composers of the 20th century and inspired a generation of oud players with his virtuoso technique.

 

Selected Recordings

Recital - Solo de Luth Oud (Live in Geneva)
(Club du Disque Arabe AAA003)

The following four pieces by Mohamed El Qasabgi appear on this Munir Bashir CD.

1. Taqsim Bayati 3:06
2. Taqsim Saba 2:50
3. Taqsim Hidjaz 3:50
4. Dalaâ el-Hawanem (Ladies' Coquetry) 2:59



The Sultan of 'Ūd/Le Sultan du 'Ūd (AMAR)

This double CD set of Qasabgi's taqasim and other pieces includes a 50 page booklet in English, French and Arabic, and has been compiled by the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research (AMAR). Unfortunately the sound quality is poor, so this is really for reference only.

Disc 1
1. Taqsim Rast #1 3:14
2. Taqsim Nahawand #1 3:14
3. Taqsim Bayyati #1 3:15
4. Taqsim Higaz 3:22
5. Bashraf Ishaqi Al-Bayyati (feat. Sami Al-Shawwa) 6:00
6. Taqsim Nahawand #2 3:08
7. Egyptian & Turkish Taqsim Nahawand 3:04
8. Taqsim Rast and Rast Mugannas 6:26
9. Taqsim Higazkar, 'Ud 3:10
10. Egyptian Rags, 'Ud 2:52
11. Taqsim Bayyati #2 3:07
12. Taqsim Saba 2:50
13. Tahmilat Rast (feat. Ali Al-Rashidi & Sami Al-Shawwa) 6:25
14. Taqsim Rast #2 3:25
15. Taqsim Higazkar #1 3:23
16. Bashraf Qarah Bataq Sikah 5:55
17. Tahmilat (feat. Al-Bayyat & Mustafa Beh Mumtaz) 2:52
18. Taqsim Higazkar Kurdi 2:51
19. Taqsim Higazkar #2 2:57
20. Taqsim Higazkar Kurd, 'Ud 3:13
21. Taqsim Nahawand, 'Ud 3:11

Disc 2
1. Dhikrayati #1 4:25
2. Dhikrayati #2 3:42
3. Munagat 13:11
4. Taqsim Nahawand Mugannas Rast "Min Wahi Afkari" 3:20
5. Taqsim Rast 8:58
6. Sama'i Rast #1 4:48
7. Sama'i Rast #2 5:25
8. Muwashshah "Ahunnu Shawqan" / Taqsim Mushtarak 17:30
9. Caprice (Zuhur) 3:11
10. Taqsim 'Ushshaq ('Ushshaq 'Arabi) 8:01

 


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