Musical Instruments Evocative of the Ancient Orient

Little, Jonathan D. (2000) Musical Instruments Evocative of the Ancient Orient. FoMRHI Quarterly [Journal of the Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historic Instruments] (99). pp. 21-30.

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Abstract

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Nineteenth-century literature, especially French “exotic” literature, contains many helpful references to the sorts of instruments and sounds that composers of the period were trying to reintroduce or re-create in their own works in the “Ancient Oriental” genre. Gustave Flaubert’s Salammbô and Hector Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens, works that are exactly contemporaneous, provide one example of this aesthetic parallel. Later in the century, a similarity may also be demonstrated between the instruments mentioned in Pierre Louÿs’ Aphrodite and the delicate sound world which Claude Debussy strove to evoke in his compositions, including the Prélude à “l’après-midi d’un faune” and Les Chansons de Bilitis, the latter consisting of musical interludes inserted into a sequence of prose poems by Louÿs.

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Additional Information: Communication No.1707. (Scanned back copies of FoMRHI Quarterly are freely available via the link provided.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: lyres, flutes, double flute, tambourines, castanets, cymbals, antique cymbals, crotals, crotali, crotales, clapper, Carthage, Gustave Flaubert, Salammbô, Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens, Pierre Louÿs, Aphrodite, Claude Debussy, Prélude à “l’après-midi d’un faune”, Les Chansons de Bilitis, Edgar Allan Poe, La Chute de la maison d’Usher, Théophile Gautier, Une nuit de Cléopâtre, Cleopatra, Saint-Saëns, castagnettes de fer, priestesses of Dagon, Samson and Delilah, Samson et Dalila, Gounod, Sapho, L’Enfance du Christ, Herodias, Richard Strauss, Josephslegende, Salome, Roméo et Juliette, castagnettes de bois - et de fer, tavolette, Respighi’s, Feste Romane, Pompeii, Herculaneum, tintinnabula, Isis, sistrum, sistra, tympanum, sambuke, dulcimer, trigon, Le Roman de la momie, Walter Pater, Marius the Epicurean, Æolian harp, Aeolian harp, Georges Kastner, Pierre Loti, Madame Chrysanthème, Verdi, Aïda, Grand traité de l’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, darabuka, tarabuka, dumbek, dumbelik, Bizet, L’Arlésienne, Lakmé, Ibert, darboukka, Suite symphonique, Felicien David, Le Désert, Jerusalem, Meyerbeer’s, Le Prophète, Halévy, Le Juif errant, Auber, Le Dieu et la Bayadère, E. W. Lane, Alméh, Almah, Hafiz
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Departments > Music
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Depositing User: Jonathan Little
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 09:42
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2283

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