Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
5 minutes
World music
Concert band / wind band

I’ve taken a well known traditional melody from the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin to create an arrangement with some original composition for my musician friends. I have tried to combine the feel of the maqamat with a little of the spirit of modal jazz.

After a short introduction, I wanted to respect the tradition of Arab and Turkish music by presenting the the main scale using a solo instrument. The solo clarinet plays this taqsim with occasional punctuations from the orchestra. The main scale is a double harmonic in D (based on the maqam hijaz but with a small modulation to nahawand).

Next, I return to the main theme followed by a modulation up a semi-tone and then down a tone. For the climax, I return to the original mode with a nod to the world of klezmer music.

The principal melody is well known under the name "Misrlou" - ’young girl from Egypt’.

I present my arrangement of Misrlou under the title "Minerlou" - ’for a young lady of the Minervois’, a wine growing region of the south of France, not far from Carcassonne.

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