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I have attempted to transcribe the improvisatory and paraphrase the mawwal of Sabah Fakhry in 'Kulli mali hati'. A mawwal is a passage of singerly invention, which traditionally and formally in Arabic music precedes the muwasshah, the ancient Andalusian (c8th-century) song form. In Tmesis, I playfully re-apply the character and textures of a mawwal, gradually changing into a grotesque version of itself.

The title may be an unfamiliar word but the concept it describes is familiar: the interruption of one word or phrase by another, before the original one resumes. Here it suggests something about the overall shape of the piece, in which an opening passage of high-register, ornamented melody, which gradually spreads through the whole orchestra is cut into by juddering low textures, before the music regains some of its former height. In other respects, though, once ushered in, the interrupting material’s ‘aggressive edginess’ derives in part from the elaborate instrumental manner of the opening section.

from notes by Bushra El-Turk © 2016


The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2
Studio Master: LSO5070Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5070 track 25

Recording date
4 June 2015
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2 (LSO5070)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: April 2016
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