Middle Eastern Music
By: Molly Day

Now, it was very hard for me to find anything on the Middle Eastern Music. But I did find some facts and instruments.

First off, Middle Eastern music is played on a unique set of instruments that are also used in the Arab classical orchestra and/or by Sufi musicians. Most of these instruments are probably very, very old. Some can be traced to Ancient Egypt, these instruments are also forerunners of modern European instruments.
Her e are some of the instruments:
oud1.jpgexternal image C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5C22662%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.jpgThe Oud, a central instrument of Arabic music, is a stringed instrument with an ancient history. It probably originated over 3,500 year ago in Persia, where it was called a Barbat. The Arabic name, Al Oud, means wood and specifically thin wood.. The moors or the Crusaders carried the Oud to Spain, where it entered Europe as the lute and was eventually transformed into the 6 stringed fretted guitar.
external image C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5C22662%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_image004.jpg ney.jpgThe Nay, is a simple, long, end-blown flute that is the main wind instrument of Middle Eastern music and the only wind instrument in classical Arabic music. It is very ancient instrument, the Nay is literally as old as the pyramids. Nay pl ayers are seen in wall paintings in the Egyptian pyramids and nays have been found in the excavations at Ur in Iraq. Thus, the nay has been played continuously for more then 4,500years. It is one of the oldest musical instruments still in use .
external image C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5C22662%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_image006.jpgQanun.jpgThe Qanun is derived from the ancient Egyptian harp and has been used in Arab music since the tenth century, its Arabic name means rule or law. It was introduced to Europe as early as the 12th century, and became known in its Europe an form during the 14th to the 16th century as a psaltery or zither.