yal asmar ellon (satb)

Catalog ID: S-397
Translation: hey beautiful dark one!
First Line: hey beautiful dark one! my heart is tired...
Composer: edward torikian
Author: traditional song from syria
Voicing: satb (unaccompanied chorus)
Accompaniment: a cappella
Language: arabic
Country: syria
Series: music of the muslim world
Other: salamu aleikum 2014


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Yal asmar ellon is a popular traditional song from Aleppo in northern Syria.  It is part of the repertoire of songs called al qudud.  This song originated in the 19th century.

Yal asmar ellon has been transmitted orally, which accounts for its melodic and textual variations.  As in other Arab song traditions, the singer adresses his beloved discreetly using the male pronoun.  The melody is in the hijaz mode, similar to the Western harmonic minor scale.

The sound recording is by the Fayha Choir conducted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian.  We are grateful for the choir's permission to use the clip.

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