An Orchestra Beyond Borders: Voices of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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Bringing together young musicians from Palestine, Israel and other countries of the Middle East, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is both one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras in the world and a rare note of hope in a war-torn region. Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999, it aims to promote Arab-Israeli understanding through music. In An Orchestra Beyond Borders, Elena Cheah, a professional musician and assistant to Daniel Barenboim, explores the orchestra’s journey through the remarkable ...
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Overview

Bringing together young musicians from Palestine, Israel and other countries of the Middle East, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is both one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras in the world and a rare note of hope in a war-torn region. Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999, it aims to promote Arab-Israeli understanding through music. In An Orchestra Beyond Borders, Elena Cheah, a professional musician and assistant to Daniel Barenboim, explores the orchestra’s journey through the remarkable stories of the musicians that comprise it. These youthful testimonies are a window into the life of the region. Together, they communicate the musicians’ ambitions and hopes, their varied and conflicting views on life and politics, and above all the orchestra’s transformative ability to create an atmosphere of musical cooperation away from the implications and hardships of a world full of division and conflict.
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Editorial Reviews

Avi Shlaim
“The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a beacon of hope on the dismal political landscape of the Middle East ... Raised in enmity, these talented young men and women set an example by their devotion to their common craft. Together they play with wonderful energy and unanimity in an orchestra that is larger than life.”
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“The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a beacon of hope on the dismal political landscape of the Middle East ... Raised in enmity, these talented young men and women set an example by their devotion to their common craft. Together they play with wonderful energy and unanimity in an orchestra that is larger than life.”—Avi Shlaim
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844674084
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,413,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Cheah was principal cellist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Staatskapelle Berlin, before becoming professor of cello at the Academy for Orchestral Studies for the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Seville, Spain. Elena plays in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and runs workshops for its members. Born in Pittsburgh, Elena currently lives in Berlin.

Daniel Barenboim is one of the most prominent musicians of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as both pianist and conductor. He has received numerous Grammy awards, and is the author of A Life in Music, Music Quickens Time, and, co-authored with Edward Said, Parallels and Paradoxes. He was a UN Ambassador for Peace and has received many awards including the Goethe Medal, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, the Praemium Imperiale and the Wolf Prize in Arts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel Barenboim vii

Introduction 1

Daniel cohen 2

Intermezzo 33

Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar 35

Intermezzo 67

Sharon Cohen 69

Intermezzo 87

Nassib Al Ahmadieh 93

The Maestro at Work 113

Intermezzo 119

From the Trumpet section: yuval shapiro and Bassam Mussad 121

Intermezzo 139

Tyme Khleifi 143

Flying with the West-East Divan Orchestra 151

Alberto and pablo Martos 153

Intermezzo 163

Meirav Kadichevski 165

Intermezzo 185

Mohamed Saleh Ibrahim and fiends 193

Asaf Maoz 209

Intermezzo 219

Forty Days and nights in the Divan: Talib Zaki the Violinist 223

Intermezzo 229

Guy Braunstein 223

Intermezzo 239

Karim Said 241

Intermezzo 249

Yasmin of Palestine 251

All Roads Lead to Rome 263

Appendix: Edward said's speed upon acceptance of the Principle de Asturials prize 273

Appendix: Mariam said on her Involvement with the Barenboim-said Foundatin and the West-Eastern Divan orchestra 279

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