The Concerto Inspired by Tahrir Square

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  01.25.12 | 6:12 PM ET

Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz watched the uprising in Tahrir Square on TV a year ago today. As he looked on, with the volume off, he began composing a piece of music. “Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra,” now complete, is “the first movement of what will eventually become a concerto in three movements,” according to a fascinating report on PRI’s The World.

You can hear the movement in its entirety below, but the radio segment is well worth a listen, particularly Fairouz discussing the various facets of the uprising he was trying to evoke through the music.

1 Comment for The Concerto Inspired by Tahrir Square

Benjamin Keene 02.02.12 | 12:45 PM ET

A fantastic piece of music. I like the way the clarinet serves as a vocalist or narrator of sorts.

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