Ḥusnī, Dāwūd
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Dāwūd Ḥusnī (1870–1937) was an Egyptian composer and musician born in Cairo to a Karaite Jewish family in Old Cairo. He showed an interest and talent for music while in elementary school and studied ʿūd, the pedagogical instrument of choice, on which he would learn the Arab system of maqāmāt, or melodic modes. He also learned established Turco-Egyptian musical forms such as the bashraf and dawr, and the system of rhythmic modes or īqāʿāt. He learned well the compositions of ʿAbduh al-Ḥamūlī (d. 1901) and Muḥammad ʿUthmān (d. 1900), the prevailing masters of music in …

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Danielson, Virginia, “Ḥusnī, Dāwūd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30604>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335745, 2017, 2017-5

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