Rahabani Songs Adapted into Symphonies
Lebanon will witness this month a prominent musical event entitled Impressions from Lebanon, which constitutes music pieces composed by renowned Lebanese artists and played by Moscow Orchestra lead by the international maestro Constantine Orbilian. The orchestra is an international one comprised of 120 players.
The plays Jibal al Sowwan (Flint Mountains) and Ayyam Fakhriddin (Fakhriddin Days) by brothers Rahabani will be staged during the commemoration at the Casino de Liban Theater in an immense orchestral and symphonic style. Parts of these plays will be performed in two new consecutive remake and design by Ghadi and Osama al Rahabani, the two sons of Mansour al Rhabani. Ghadi and Osama sought in their new work to link some musical pieces in the plays in a drama style without speech and by highlighting the musical beauty and greatness.
The two composers told the London based Arabic daily al Sharq al Awsat, “we were keen on retaining the Rahabani core and spirit and distancing ourselves as far as possible from deforming the precious pearls available with us in order to add to them some touches of the symphonic beauty.”
The two plays are the beginning of a huge project, which will emerge soon as part of the Rahabani play series. The importance of the forthcoming project stems from the fact that the biggest orchestra in the world will play eastern music composed by Lebanese artists.
In addition to this and parts from Socrates play by Mansour al Rahabani, the orchestra will play also pieces for the most prominent Lebanese international music composers including Bsharah al Khouri, the music Rossini 2000 prize winning Lebanese French composer. Also music pieces by the Hollywood Oscar winning Lebanese French composer Gabriel Yard, the Lebanese Armenian composer Bughoos Jalalian and Elias al Rahabani will be played -- Albawaba.com