On Contemporary Palestinian Music

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The multifaceted diversity of contemporary Palestinian art, literature, theater, and film is almost completely unknown outside of the Arab world. The Palestinian contemporary music scene, with its unmistakably extensive range of styles and various modes of expression has not yet been researched in a systematic manner. Scholars have not yet determined accepted premises for the study of this music, as in-depth research has yet to be undertaken. Generalizations about Palestinian music can often be misleading; they often prove to be false when one undertakes a closer investigation. At present, it would be premature to endeavor to formulate a comprehensive history of contemporary Palestinian music. Some of the composers presented in this essay are not even acquainted with the names of their fellow Palestinian composers. Many of these composers' works have only become known to a wider audience within the last few years. It is, however, high time to take note of this musical scene, to carefully document its structure and tendencies, and, above all, to examine the musical works of these contemporary Palestinian composers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalSearch – Journal for New Music and Culture
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2011


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