I have found a music channel on YouTube called the Traditon Music Channel. One of my favourites is Arabic Byzantine Chants (second video in, which can be selected by clicking on the left top menu in the video)-
And the Qiyan Music of Al-Andalus-
This is a song by Walther von der Vogelweide called Palästinalied.
This version was performed by Arany Zoltán.
This is a sprang woven turban found on the head of a child mummy, from the 3rd-4th century in Upper Egypt. The length is 68cm with a width of 40cm. It is a linen net. The turban is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s book Textiles of Late Antiquity by Annemarie Stauffer can be downloaded in pdf format through the link.
The sprang pattern has been charted and can be seen in a YouTube video-
The Sojourning Spinner has created over 40 videos on sprang on her YouTube Channel.
Interested in studying Middle Eastern music? Northern Illinois University have a Middle Eastern Music Ensemble where theoretical, practical and historical aspects are studied. There are a few YouTube clips too- This is an Armenian song called the Candle Dance, a traditional folk song.
This clip is a traditional Turkish folk song called Longa Sultani Yakah.
Mohammed Abdel Wahab.
This clip is of a modern song called Azizah composed by
Omar Al Musfi.
This clip is of a group percussion solo, arranged by
Kaşık Oyunları is a wooden spoon dance from Turkish Anatolia. The history is unclear, as there is much oral history but little evidence in pictures and documents. Depending on the region, it was done in groups in a circle. However, women were not always allowed.Fredrik Hasselquist in the 18th century-
The earliest reference to dancing with wooden spoons I have found is in the works of
He was dressed in a short jacket was bare footed and looked like a Turkish soldier. He held in each hand two wooden spoons. Thus accoutred he skipped about the middle of the room and moved his head and arms as much as his feet at the fame often bending his body backwards forwards and sideways. He held the spoons two in each in such a manner between his fingers that he could frequently strike them together which with the rough music made a noise no ways agreeable to ears.
The full entry can be seen at Voyages and Travels in the Levant in the Years 1749, 50, 51, 52 by Fredrik Hasselquist. If anyone has any other references, please let me know!
Spoon Dance In The Hippocampus
Turkish Dance & Styles on Les Arts Turcs Tours.
Dances of the “Roma” Gypsy Trail From Rajastan to Spain: Balkan “”Cocek”” by Miriam Peretz. From the Dom Research Centre.
A Pictorial History of Turkish Dancing:
From Folk Dancing to Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing to Ballet by Metin And.
Altramar are an American musical ensemble that specialise in music from Medieval times. Specifically Celtic, Italian and Iberian music.
This is an Iberian song, from the album Iberian Garden Vol II.
This a 12th century Hispanic-Arabic muwashshahah.
The music can be bought from Altramar or Amazon.
Constantinople. This style of music is known as Muwashah, which originates from the Andalus. Constantinople also does Persian music- and Greek- The music can be seen on Constantinople’s Myspace page as well as on Amazon.
This is called “Lamma bada” and performed by the group