CONGRÈS DE MUSIQUE ARABE DU CAIRE, 1932
(Cairo Congress of Arab Music)
28th March to 3rd April 1932
In 1932, a special congress of Arabic musicians was organised by the French musicologist Baron Rodolphe Erlanger with the co-operation of King Faud 1 of Egypt (b.1868 – r. 1917-1936).
The first Cairo Congress of Arab Music inaugurated by King Faud 1 of Egypt was held under the title of Congrès du Caire at the National Academy of Music, 22 Malika Nazly Street (now Ramses Street), Cairo from the 28th March to the 3rd April 1932. This was preceded by meetings of the delegations and invited dignitaries held from the 14th to the 27th March 1932.
Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire, 1932 – The Delegates
Delegation: Béla Bartók, Composer, Paul Hindemith, Composer, Alois Haba, Composer, Henri Raboud, Composer, Emile Vuillermos, Music Critic, Erich Moritz von Hornbostel, Musiciologist, Robert Lachmann, Musicologist, Curt Sachs, Musicologist, Egon Wellesz, Musicologist, Baron Carra de Vaux, Scholar, Father Xavier Collangattes, Scholar, Henry George Farmer, Scholar and Musicologist, Alexis Chottin, Scholar, Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger, Musicologist, Ali AL-Darwish, Musician, Sami Chawa, Musician, Tawfiq al-Sabbagh, Musician, Muhammad Kamil al-Khulai, Safar Ali, Mustafa Rida Bey, Mohammed Abd el-Wahab, Mehmed Rauf Yekta, Massaud Cemil Bey Tel, Ahmed Shawqi, Poet, Raghib Muftah, Coptologist, Mohammed Kamil al-Hallaj, Ahmed al-Dik, Mahmoud Ahmed al-Hifni, Al-Arabi ben Sari, Algerian Delegation, Mohammed al-Kabbandji, Iraqi Delegation, Wadia Sabra, Lebanese Delegation, Umar Faid al-Junaydi, Moroccan Delegation, Ahmed al-Urabi, Syrian Delegation, Salim al-Hanifi, Syrian, Darwish al-Hariri, Egypt, Daoud Hossni, Egypt, Mohammed Najib, Egypt, Aziz Mohammed Uthman.
DISCOGRAPHY – Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire, 1932
A compilation of the listings of matrix and catalogue numbers used by The Gramophone Co. Ltd. London has been derived from the recording ledgers so that the information provided in the listings are as accurate as can be ascertained.
A complete numerical catalogue, by matrix serials of the 78 rpm recordings from the Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire 1932, taken at Cairo by the recording engineer George Walter Dillnutt (1883-1937), from the 15th March to 14th April, 1932.
George Walter Dillnutt made almost 350 recordings of musicians attending the Congress for The Gramophone Co. Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex, England and were released with special labels as a total of 162 records on the His Master’s Voice label, pressed at Hayes as non commercial recordings.
King Faud 1 made a gift of copies of these discs to the Musée de la Parole et du Geste in 1935 in recognition of their work, although a number of the (12-inch) discs did not form part of the original collection gifted to the Musée de la Parole et du Geste.
Photo Courtesy: Henry George Farmer and the First International Congress of Arab Music (Cairo 1932), Page 187
Figure 4.h Barrages; George Walter Dillnutt recording recording engineer from His Majesty’s Voice, Dr. H.G. Farmer, and M. ʿAwād (ʿud player from the Dhikr Laythī ensemble) (FC 503, 114).
Original Yellow Record Label Recorded 21st March,1932, Released November 1932,
Matrix No: OK-871-1, Catalogue No: 30-9629, Release Record No: HC 32
Delegation from Iraq, Mohamed el Kabbongi – Vocal, with Instrumental accompaniment. ‘Maly Aral Ham – 3’
courtesy – Qatar Digital Library
A separate chronological listing of Mohamed el Kabbongi (the spelling used in The Gramophone Co. Ltd’s documents) is at the end of this article. He is also referred to as Mohammed Al-Qubanji, Muhammad Al-Qubanchi and several other interpretations.
1. Discography: Pages 1 – 20
2. Additional Recordings Alexandria, November 1935 and Baghdad, May 1939: Pages 21 to 22
3. Broken Records Damaged in Transit or Replacements: Page 23
4. Reissues: Pages 24 to 29
5. Concordance to Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire, 1932, 18 CD Set by Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority: Pages 30 to 49
6. Chronological Listing of Mohamed el Kabbongi: Pages 50 to 53
1 to 20
The matrix number is in the far left column (matrix prefix OK – 10″ and 2K – 12″ documented by The Gramophone Co. Ltd. as assigned to George Dilnutt in 1931) and along side that is the catalogue or record number allocated to the matrix. C/w is coupled with another title as a double sided disc. The HC-1 Series is the record release number followed by the manufactured date.
1. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
2. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
3. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
4. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
5. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
6. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
7. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
8. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
9. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
10. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
11. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
12. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series
13. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series
14. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series
15. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series
16. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series 1
17. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series 1
18. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series 1
19. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series
20. Discography 10-inch HC-1 Series, 12-inch HD-1 Series
Alexandria, November 1935, and Baghdad, May,1939
21 – 22
21. Additional Recordings
22. Additional Recordings
BROKEN RECORDS DAMAGED IN TRANSIT
23. Broken, Replacements
24 – 29
Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire, 1932
18 CD Set by Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
30 – 49
A CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING
Congrès de Musique Arabe du Caire, 1932
Mohamed el Kabbongi – Vocal with Instrumental Accompaniment
Recorded on 18th, 21st and 28th March, 1932
50 – 53
The Iraqi Ensemble of Mohammed al Qubbanji
Iraqi Magam Performer, Muhammad al-Qubbanchi (1932)
50. Chronological Listing Mohamed el Kabbongi
51. Chronological Listing Mohamed el Kabbongi
52. Chronological Listing Mohamed el Kabbongi
53. Chronological Listing Mohamed el Kabbongi
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