List of Egyptian composers

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The following is a list of Egyptian composers of classical music. According to the work of the Egyptian musicologist Samha El-Kholy, the first generation of Egyptians to begin writing in this style were born around the turn of the 20th century.[1]

The Major Five[edit]

The most celebrated five composers in Egyptian history who lived in the 20th century are Sayed Darwish, Mohamed El Qasabgi, Dawoud Hosni, Zakariya Ahmad, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Riad Al Sunbati. [2]

First generation[edit]

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Malcolm Floyd Composing the music of Africa: composition, interpretation, and realisation – Al-Ahram review of this book: chapter by Adel Kamel chapter "Egyptian Composition in the Twentieth Century,"
  2. ^
  • Castelo-Branco, Salwa El-Shawan (2001). "Egypt: Western Music." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.
  • El-Kholy, Samha (1992). Al-qawmiyya fī mūsīqā al-qarn al-‘ishrīn’ (Nationalism in 20th-century music). Kuwait: World of Knowledge.
  • El-Kholy, Samha, and John O. Robison, eds. (1993). Festschrift for Gamal Abdel-Rahim. The Occasional Paper Series, v. 2, no. 2. Cairo: The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.
  • El-Kholy, Samha, ed. (1999). Al-ta'lif al-masri al mu'asir (Contemporary Egyptian Composition). Cairo.
  • El-Shawan, Salwa (1985). "Western Music and Its Practitioners in Egypt (ca. 1825–1985): The Integration of a New Musical Tradition in a Changing Environment." Asian Music, v. 17, no. 1 (1985), pp. 145–153.
  • Shehab, Yaz (1996). "Contemporary Egyptian Music." D.M.A. dissertation. Urbana: University of Illinois.

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