Dabke (2015) for wind ensemble

Dabke (2015) for wind ensemble

Instrumentation: 2(picc.)2.ca.3.bcl.2-2asx.tsx.bsx.-4.3.3.1-cbs-timp.3perc.

Duration ca. 7′

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Performed at the Kennedy Center by the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble under Paul Bhasin.

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Commissioned by the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble Dabke is an arrangement of the third movement of Kareem Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming; a work for triple string quartet that was originally commissioned for the Kronos Quartet and Providence R.I. based Community MusicWorks. The wind ensemble version of Dabke was premiered by the William & Marry WindEnsemble on March 29th, 2015 at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Dr. Paul Bhasin.

Dabke is a folk dance and a type line dance from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, that is typically performed at joyous occasions. The leader of the dance line, called a hawaash, directs the movements of the dancers behind him. There are many variants of this dance that involve men and women and the rhythms that accompany it. This movement is based on a six beat dabke rhythm called sudaasi.