The “Musicana” session, as part of the activities of the 41st session of the Sharjah International Book Fair, hosted Emirati music researcher Ali Al-Abdan and Italian cellist Elijah Capagli, stressing that music remains a common human language that refines the individual’s soul, treats his soul and expresses his feelings in tones.
Speakers emphasized that music remains a common human language that refines the individual’s soul, treats his soul and expresses his feelings in tones, and that it enables a person to say what words cannot express in various situations and occasions, in addition to its ability to represent the cultures of peoples and their cultural diversity.
This came in a session entitled “Our Music”, as part of the activities of the 41st session of the Sharjah International Book Fair, in which the Emirati music researcher Ali Al-Abdan and the Italian cellist Elijah Capagli, participating in the exhibition’s guest of honor program, spoke and moderated by Dr. Walaa Al-Shehhi.
Italian pianist Elijah Capagli explained that she chose the music path since her childhood to express her feelings, and did not resort to writing stories until after she lived with music and had the experience of playing with a band for 4 decades, until music became part of her personality, helping her to communicate with herself as a language. Coming from the depths of the soul.
She talked about her experience with writing her first storybook, in which she depicted part of her biography and story with her father, who lost his sight, and how she was able through playing to bring happiness to his heart and give him some happiness through music therapy, noting that her experience with her father taught her that whoever lacks the ability to Reading the words He can find in listening to music the equivalent of the blessing and positive effect of reading.
In turn, Emirati researcher Ali Al-Abdan spoke about his vision of music, explaining that it comes from the inside to depict feelings of joy, sadness, confusion, and other feelings that musicians express through Arabic maqams that differ in their ability to depict the imagination and feeling of a person that cannot be expressed in words.
Al-Abdan believed that music, in its simplest definition, is the humanly organized sound, to the extent that most arts aspire to reach the rank of music in terms of its ability to express abstractly away from words as in writing and away from lines and colors as in drawing or materials used in arts. sculpture.
He pointed out that Arab music was behind the art of poetry and the poem continued in the foreground, so music occupied a secondary function, until Arab musicians in the modern era created instrumental music and independent pieces, and mentioned the names of a group of musicians and composers who were famous for their musical composition, such as the Iraqi oud player Munir Bishr and others. .
Al-Abdan addressed an aspect of the history of singing and music in the UAE through his experience in documenting and tracing the history of artists and production companies that began recording the first discs of Emirati singers since the fifties of the last century, and he singled out the “Dubai Phone” company, which began producing its records in 1952.
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