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« Worker’s March » – Opus 5 – for Orchestra (2018) (13’30)

The “Marching” in this piece refers to every day’s workers’ march, which doesn’t abide by the rules of standard and fixed rhythms that we’re used to hearing in classical march music.
The first movement is a march in 3/4 & 7/4, inspired by an ancient folk tune that the Tabacco workers used to sing in the north of Lebanon during the agriculture and the harvest, combined with another original theme, and many folk Arabic rhythms.

The second movement, as the “Dabke”, a folk dance known in the middle east area, that describes the scene when the locusts cover the sky of Lebanon in 1915 and cause many catastrophes in the harvest.

The whole piece describes the life of these beautiful people and their fight against nature and the war at the same time.

The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Maestro Manfred Maessauer

” Vienna in Beirut ” concert,

2020-01-10, St. Joseph Church – Monot – Beirut – Lebanon

Filmed by Fadi Saade

Oriental sketches – Movement I
Oriental sketches – Movement II

« Oriental sketches » – Opus 2 – for orchestra (2018) (8’)

Oriental sketches is a suite of four dances that reflect the Arabic folk music in rhythms and scales, combined with the orchestra power and colors, to present our Arabic tradition in a symphonic contemporary view.

The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Maestro Manfred Mussauer Beirut 12/1/2018

Oriental sketches – Movement III
Oriental sketches – Movement IV
1. موّال" من جنس صبا وايقاع دور هندي" (Mawwal)
for alto recorder
2. موشّح” من جنس حجاز وإيقاع سماعي ثقيل” (Mouwashah)
for bass recorder and harpsichord
3. دبكة” من جنس بياتي وإيقاع أقصاق” (Dabkeh)
for soprano recorder and harpsichord

« Takassim » – Opus 1 – suite for recorder’s family and harpsichord (2015) (17’)

Takassim “تقاسيم” is a suite of 6 miniature pieces for the recorder family (and harpsichord) which may be played together or separately. Each piece is written for an instrument and is based on an Arabic scale or/and rhythm. The pieces reflect the spirit of the Arabic folk tune and folk dance.

Special thanks to Farid Rahme for whom I dedicate this piece. And also to the artist Bachar Hijazi for designing the cover

4. يا غزيّل” من جنس عجم” (Ya G’zayyel)
for tenor recorder
5. زفّة” من إيقاع نيم أيون هواسي” (Zaffa)
for great bass recorder mouthpiece
6. بلدي” من جنس راست وإيقاع بلدي” (Baladi)
for sopranino recorder and harpsichord
1. Iyaka Wal Bouka’ (إيّاك والبكاء)

Lyrics by Wajdi Abou Diab

« Two Lieder » – Opus 3 – for soprano and piano (2014) (11’)

Suheir Sawan – Soprano

Tatiana Pavilinko – Piano

2. To remember (كي نتذكر)

Lyrics by Zeinab mawassi

J’ai choisi trois critères, le premier c’est l’intervalle de 9ème mineure pour son goût dramatique et sinistre ce qui convient au texte choisi. Le deuxième élément c’est le patrimoine oriental arabe, et surtout libanais dont les rythmes et l’âme sont purement arabes.

« Le plus Jeune » chamber music for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Piano and Cello (2013) (7’35)

Text by Paul Éluard
Enregistrée par Orchestre Studio de Cergy Pontoise, France 20-4-2013

En fusionnant ces deux critères avec le texte poétique, que j’ai choisi pour la vivacité de l’image de notre société avec tous ses problèmes, j’ai pu finalement illustrer une société souvent dominée par l’anarchisme, et où s’interfèrent les éléments et les complexités et évoluent sans se libérer de la rigidité des mœurs et des traditions.

« Wild Paetzold » – Opus 8 – for Contrebasse recorder and tape (2019) (12’46)

Performed by Farid Rahme

Video editing by Wajdi Abou Diab (Footages taken from free BBC Channel resources)

1. Longa Riyad (لونغا رياض)

« Two Longas » for flute and jazz trio – By Riyad Al Sonbati and Adham Afandi (2018) (8’)

Flute: Jinan Jaffal

2. Longa Shahnaz (لونغا شهناز)
Dabkeh (دبكة) (2017)

Two Pieces for Orchestra by Nabil Jaafar

Composed originally for piano solo by “Nabil Jaafar”, orchestrated by Wajdi Abou Diab. Performed by the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Manfred Massaeur in Sain joseph church – Monot – Beirut

Variation on “Bent Al Shalabiya” (2018)

« Inner Rhyme »

Five pieces for Violin, viola and Strings orchestra

By Layale Chaker & Sarafand (2019)

« Ma Ba’da Al Holm » (ما بعد الحلم)

For Oud and Oriental Orchestra (2018) (7’)

Composed and Performed by The Lebanese oud player Abbas Kassamany

Arranged for oud and oriental orchestra by Wajdi Abou Diab

The Lebanese Oriental Orchestra

Conductor Andre AL Hajj AUB Assembly hall, Beirut – Lebanon

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