Arabesque (classical music)

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The arabesque is a type of music which uses melodies to create the atmosphere of Arabic architecture.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The word "arabesque" is derived from Western ideas of Arabic music, which were highly embellished. In actuality, arabesques and Arab music are not closely related.[2][full citation needed]

Notable arabesques[edit]

The opening bars of Jean Sibelius's Arabesque (Op.76, No.9).

The most well-known are Claude Debussy's Deux Arabesques, composed in 1888 and 1891, respectively.

Other composers who have written arabesques include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Çimen, Gül and Nevhiz Ercan. Piyano Albümü. Arkadaş Yayınevi, 2002, p. 27.
  2. ^ a b Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music
  3. ^ International Music Score Library Project