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  • Biography
    Oswald Hugh Edward Burmester (1897-1977) [and] Bibliography o... Biography. Bibliography reprinted from Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [235]-244; biography from [309]-310. (Source Note). Courtesy of Society for Coptic Archeology, 222 Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt. (Copyright Notice). From Meinardus, Otto F.A. "Bibliography of Prof. Dr. O.H.E. Khs-Burmester." In Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [235]-244.
    • Contributor: Meinardus, Otto Friedrich August
    • Date: 1978
  • Biography
    Guillaume-André Villoteau Biography. From Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique. Paris: Chez Alph. Royer, 1844, vol. 8, pp. 459-464. Reprinted in the second editions. Paris: Librarie de Firmin-Didot et Cie, 1878 and 1884, vol. 8, pages 349-353; and in the reprint of the second edition in 1972, vol. 8, pages 349-353. (Source Note). Translation by Jan Lancaster from the 1844 edition. (General). ...
    • Contributor: Fétis, François-Joseph
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    Related Resources - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymn... Web Resources CopticHymns.net http://www.coptichymns.net External Coptic Orthodox Electronic Publishing Australia http://www.coepaonline.org External Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States http://suscopts.org External Tasbeha.org http://tasbeha.org External The Heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church http://www.copticheritage.org External Print Resources Abdel-Malek, Moushira.
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    Rights and Access - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymn... The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as holders of publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or ...
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    Collection Galleries - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and H... And we too, who are sojourners in this place, keep us in Your faith, and grant us Your peace unto the end. Excerpt from The Commemoration of the Saints, The Coptic Liturgy of St. Basil The Coptic Orthodox Christian community is the largest and oldest Christian minority in the Middle East today. While there is no accurate consensus of their size in Egypt, numerous ...
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    Biographies - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - ... Ernest Newlandsmith, 1875-after 1957 [photogravure]. Reproduced in Newlandsmith, Ernest. A Minstrel Friar: The Story of My Life and Work. London: The New Life Movement, 1927, frontispiece. The seventeenth-century German Jesuit, Athanasius Kircher, made the earliest-known attempt at transcribing a piece of Coptic music. It was not until the early nineteenth century, during Napoleon's expedition to Egypt, that Villoteau transcribed an Alleluia; and, in the ...
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    Books and Articles - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hym... Page from The Divine Liturgies of Saints Basil, Gregory, and Cyril. Books, chapters from books, or articles from periodicals having to do with Copts and Coptic music are featured in this Gallery. Ethnographic books by the famous Egyptologist, Edward William Lane, and S.H. Leeder, are reproduced in part or entirely. Rites, Services and Offices of the Coptic liturgy by Evetts, Bute, and Woolley were ...
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    Correspondence - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody... Letter from Ragheb Moftah to Ernest Newlandsmith, May 5, 1927 View Correspondence Gallery In the Ragheb Moftah Collection, there are nearly 30 folders containing correspondence, contracts, and telegraph messages between Ragheb Moftah and fellow scholars, family members, and friends who were somehow connected to his project. Moftah, well-known for being a meticulous man, composed many drafts before sending out a letter officially. He communicated ...
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    Essays - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - Digit... Ernest Newlandsmith's Transcriptions of Coptic Music: A Description and Critique, by Marian Robertson. The essays presented here by Carolyn Ramzy and Coptic scholars Marian Robertson-Wilson and John E. Gillespie – some written especially for this presentation and others previously published – introduce Coptic liturgical music to an audience beyond the confines of academe. For two centuries, this music was handed down by word of ...
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    Maps - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - Digital... Deserta Aegypti, Thebaidis, Arabiae, Syriae etc. ubi accurata notata sunt loca inhabitata per Sanctos Patres Anachoretas, created by Matthaeus Seutter. 17??. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division, this Gallery features some maps of Christian Egypt from the end of the seventeenth century to the 1950s, and general maps of Egypt and Cairo until the 1920s. Much like the presentation Timeline ...
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    Moftah - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - Digit... [Ragheb Moftah poses next to his close friend, renowned Coptologist Dr. Aziz Atiya, ca. 1980s]. Photograph. Courtesy of Laurence Moftah. This Gallery is devoted to essays about Ragheb Moftah. Presented here are the following: a recent biography written by Raymond Stock for Turath; a family tree from Moftah’s papers in the Ragheb Moftah Collection in the Performing Arts Division; and five essays by Laurence ...
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    Music Recordings - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymno... The muthallath (triangle), St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Tallahassee, Florida. Photograph by Carolyn M. Ramzy What does Coptic music sound like? An exclusively vocal tradition, Coptic music is only accompanied by two percussion instruments today.[1] The first instrument is a metal triangle otherwise known in Arabic as muthallath. Among Copts, it is also referred to as a turianta. The muthallath is ...
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    Newspapers - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - D... The Way of the World: Sing Something, Simple, by Peter Simple, April 23, 1931. In April and May of 1931, Ragheb Moftah and Ernest Newlandsmith traveled to England to give a series of lectures at Oxford, Cambridge and other universities, in which they described their work transcribing Coptic music in Egypt since 1927. Newlandsmith also lectured again in England in the summer of 1932. ...
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    Photographs - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - ... Le Caire. Intérieur de la cathédrale cophte / Maison Bonfils (Beirut, Lebanon), [between 1867 and 1899]. Prints and Photographs Reading Room, Library of Congress. The photographs of Ragheb Moftah are sub-divided into topical groups: 1) Moftah with family and colleagues; 2) Moftah and others at Anba Bishoy and Anba Macarius in Wadi al-Natrun – Easter 1995; 3) In the recording studio; 4) Moftah at ...
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    Transcriptions - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody... De Ecclesiae Coptae, by Athanasius Kircher. 1643. Thanks to Ragheb Moftah and other scholars in the field, the entire Coptic hymnody is archived as sound recordings at the Library of Congress, and includes music that has been notated into Western notation for scholarly study. This Web presentation traces the earliest-known transcriptions of Coptic music by explorers and missionaries from the seventeenth through the nineteenth ...
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    Videos - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody - Digit... [His Holiness Pope Shenouda III chanting into tape recorder at Ragheb Moftah's funeral], June 18, 2001. Raymond Stock, the author of a recent biographical article on Ragheb Moftah featured in the Biography Gallery, interviewed Moftah in 1996 and 1997 as part of the Library of Congress World Heritage Series. These four video recordings, as well as an interview with Moftah by Dr. Adel Kamel, ...
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    Glossary of Terms - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymn... Al-Kāhin, Father Armia Toufiles.St. George Coptic OrthodoxChurch of Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Carolyn M. Ramzy Though the following terms can be found in a series of articles by Ragheb Moftah, Marian Robertson, Margit Tóth and Martha Roy,
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    Timeline of Coptic Music - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant a... Moftah's work emerged during a pivotal moment in Egyptian history at the beginning of the twentieth century. Egyptians were gaining a strong sense of national consciousness and a strong desire for a self-rule that they had not seen since the fall of the last Ancient Egyptian monarchy in 671 B.C. This nationalist fervor penetrated all aspects of their lives, including religious institutions such as ...
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    1643 to 1869 - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody -... 1643 Coptic Music and Culture: Early Research A recently discovered transcription of Coptic music by Father Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) in his Lingua Ægyptiaca restituta of 1643, in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room at the Library of Congress, reveals that Western scholars were interested in Coptic music as early as the 17th century. [view translation] Father Kircher, a German Jesuit priest, offered ...
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    1874 to 1922 - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody -... 1874-1893 Egyptian History: Major Events Pope Cyril V (1874-1927): Following the revivalist spirit of the Pope Cyril IV before him, His Holiness Pope Cyril V established the Theological Seminary in Mahmashah, Cairo in 1893. He also opened the Saint Didymus Institute for the Blind to train blind cantors who would later become Mu'allimīn, or appointed teachers and singers in their local Coptic churches. Mu'allim ...
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    1925 to Present - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnod... 1925 Cairo and Environs [Cairo]:Published by the Survey of Egypt, 1925. 1926 The Ragheb Moftah Collection There are two different accounts as to how Ragheb Moftah met Ernest Newlandsmith, the English composer and violinist, in 1926. Newlandsmith was instrumental in getting the entire liturgy of St. Basil and 25 other major and seasonal hymns notated between 1926 and 1936. The most popular account goes ...
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    3100 BC to 1517 - Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnod... ca. 3500 B.C. Egyptian History: Major Events Settlement begins around the Nile Valley. 3100 Egyptian History: Major Events Pharaoh Menes establishes the first Ancient Egyptian dynasty and unites the Upper and Lower Kingdoms into one centralized monarchy. Hieroglyphic system of writing emerges. 2700 Egyptian History: Major Events Hieratic script emerges alongside Hieroglyphic. ca. 2500 B.C. Egyptian History: Major Events Pyramids of Giza are constructed. ...
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    Survey of Twentieth-Century Studies of Coptic Music Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in. ; 11 p. | Paper presented at the 9th International Congress of Coptic Studies (International Association of Coptic Studies), Cairo, Egypt, 14-20 September 2008, and to be published in the Proceedings of the International Association of Coptic Studies. (Source Note). Courtesy of Marian Robertson-Wilson. (Copyright Notice). However, thanks to the audio-recordings and musical notations largely sponsored by Ragheb ...
    • Contributor: Robertson-Wilson, Marian
    • Date: 2008-05-30
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    A Musical Inheritance: Coptic Cantors and an Orally Transmit... Article. "Ma'allem Mîkhâ'îl Girgis al-Batânûnî Bey." In Musique Arabe: Le Congrès du Caire de 1932. Cairo: CEDEJ, 1992, pp. 371-373.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
  • Biography
    Ernest Newlandsmith Biography. "Newlandsmith Concert Club." The Times, London, 5 December 1901, p. 6.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
  • Biography
    Hans Hickmann (1908-1968) Biography. From The Coptic Encyclopedia. Edited by Aziz S. Atiya. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991, vol. 6, pp. 1741-1742. African and Middle Eastern Division. Call number: BX130.5.C66 1991 (Source Note). From Atiya. Coptic Encyclopedia 8 Volumes, OE. © 1991 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, Inc. Reproduced by permission. http://www.cengage.com/permissions/. Contact: Cengage Learning Global Rights and Permissions, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, California 94002 ...
    • Contributor: Robertson, Marian - Atiya, Aziz Suryal
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    Ilona Borsai (1925-1982) Biography. From The Coptic Encyclopedia. Edited by Aziz S. Atiya. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991, vol. 6, pp. 1741. African and Middle Easter Division. Call number: BX130.5.C66 1991 (Source Note). From Atiya. Coptic Encyclopedia 8 Volumes, OE. © 1991 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, Inc. Reproduced by permission. http://www.cengage.com/permissions/. Contact: Cengage Learning Global Rights and Permissions, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, California 94002 ...
    • Contributor: Roy, Martha - Atiya, Aziz Suryal
  • Biography
    Margit Tóth Biography. Moftah, Ragheb, Martha Roy, and Margit Tóth. The Coptic Liturgy of St. Basil with Complete Musical Transcription. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 1998.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    Martha Roy Biography. Sharkey, Heather. American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
  • Biography
    His Holiness Pope Shenouda III Biography. Watson, John. Among the Copts. Sussex, U.K: Sussex Academic Press, 2000.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
  • Biography
    How I Became Interested in Coptic Music Biography. Biographical essay written for the Music Division of Library of Congress, July 2008. (Source Note). Courtesy of Marian Robertson-Wilson. (Copyright Notice). Guide to the Ragheb Moftah Recording of the Saint Basil Liturgy as Sung by al-Mu'allim Sādiq 'Attallah (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2006).Limited publication, to be used as a companion to four (4) CD recordings, available as follows: Cairo, Egypt: Rare Books and ...
    • Contributor: Robertson-Wilson, Marian
  • Biography
    Father Jules Blin (1853-1891) Biography. Translated from the Latin by David Shive. (General). From Litterae Annuae Provinciae Lugdunensis Societatis Jesu, 1890-1891. Brussels: Typis Polleunis & Ceuterick, 1892, page 64. (Source Note). Digital image of original text kindly provided by Justine Hyland, a librarian, in the Burns Library. (General). John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections, Boston College University Libraries. (Copyright Notice). From Litterae Annuae Provinciae ...
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    Father Louis Badet (1873-1933) Biography. Based on the biography of Father Badet given in Henri Jalabert, S.J. Jésuites au Proche-Orient (Jesuits in the Near East). Beirut: Dar el-Machreq sarl, 1987, p. 405. African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress. Call number: BX3746.1J35 1987. (General). The image (shown above) of the Collège de la Sainte-Famille comes from J.-B. Piolet, S.J., Les Missions Catholiques Françaises au XIXe Siècle. Paris: ...
    • Contributor: Lancaster, Jan
  • Biography
    Edward William Lane, 1801-1876: Biographical Sketch Biography. From "Biographical Sketcn" in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians written in Egypt during the years 1833-1835. Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner, 1895, pp. [vii]-ix. (Source Note). Reprinted from "Biographical Sketch" in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians written in Egypt during the years 1833-1835. Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner, 1895, pp. [vii]-ix.
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    Concerning the Laws, Customs, and Patriarchs of the Coptic or... Article. From Lingua Ægyptiaca restituta.... Rome: Apud Ludovicum Grignanum, 1643, pages 515-516. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. Call Number: PJ2033.K5 (General). From Kircher, Athanasius. "De Ecclesiae Coptae..." in Lingua Ægyptiaca restituta... Rome: Apud Ludovicum Grignanum, 1643, pages 515-516. Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Library of Congress. Call number: PJ2033.K5.
    • Contributor: Kircher, Athanasius - Shive, David
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    About the Music of the Copts Article. From Description de l'Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'éxpédition de l'armée française, publié par les ordres de Sa Majesté l'empereur Napoléon le Grand. Paris: Imprimérie impériale, 1809-1828. 21 vols. Text: Vol. II (1809), pt. 1a, pp. 754-757: Chapitre V: De la Musique des Qobtes, a brief description of Coptic music and Villoteau's transcription ...
    • Contributor: Villoteau, Guillaume-André - Mavroukakis, Maryvonne - Lancaster, Jan - Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    Preface from Liturgical Chants of the Copts. Notated and plac... Article. From Chants liturgiques des Coptes. Notés et mis en ordre par le père Jules Blin de la Compagnie de Jésus missionnaire en Egypte. [Première] Partie chantée par le peuple et le diacre. Cairo: Imprimerie nationale, 1888. Music Division, Library of Congress. Call Number: M2159.8.B7 (General). From Blin, Jules. Chants liturgiques des Coptes. Notés et mis en ordre par Le Père Jules Blin de ...
    • Contributor: Blin, Jules - Marvoukakis, Maryvonne - Lancaster, Jan - Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    Preface from Liturgical Chants of the Copts. Notated and plac... Article. From Chants Liturgiques des Coptes, notés et mis en ordre par Le Père Louis Badet, S.J. [Première] Partie Office de la Sainte Messe, Chants du Peuple et du Diacre. Cairo: Collège de la Sainte-Famille, Petit Séminaire Copte, A.M.D.G., [1899]. Reprint. Rome: La Filografica, 1936. Music Division, Library of Congress. Call Number: M2159.8.C6L5 (General). From Badet, Louis. Chants liturgiques des Coptes. Notés et mis ...
    • Contributor: Badet, Louis - Mavroukakis, Maryvonne - Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    The Chant of the Coptic Church - Its Character Article. From "II. Le chant de l'Église copte. - Son caractère." In "Chapitre Septième. Le Chant dans les Églises de l'Afrique" of his Histoire Générale de la Musique.. Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot Frères, Fils et cie, 1874, vol. 4, chapter 7, pp. 96-101. Music Division, Library of Congress. Call Number: ML160.F42 (General). From Fétis, François-Joseph, "Chapitre Septième. Le Chant dans les églises de l'Afrique. ...
    • Contributor: Fétis, François-Joseph - Mavroukakis, Maryvonne - Lancaster, Jan
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    Notating Coptic Music: A Brief Historical Survey Article. Villoteau, Guillaume-André. "De la Musique des Qobtes." Description de l'égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en égypte pendant l'éxpédition de l'armée française, publié par les ordres de Sa Majesté l'empereur Napoléon le Grand. Paris: Imprimerie impériale, 1809. Text vol. II, pt. 1a, pp. 754-757.
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    The Musical Notation of the Responses of the Church of Saint... Article. From Al-Tawqi'at al-Musiqiyah li-Maraddat al-Kanisah al-Murqusiyah. [Cairo]: Printed by the Government of Sudan and Egypt, 1916. Music Division, Library of Congress. Call Number: M2159.8.G3C5 (General). Tout, 1633[September, 1916]
    • Contributor: Ghubriyal, Kamil Ibrahim - Atalla, Magda Wadie - Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    Athanasius Kircher, 1602-1680 Biography. Rowland, Ingrid D. "Athanasius Kircher and the Egyptian Oedipus." Fathom Archive: The University of Chicago Library Digital Collections. http://fathom.lib.uchicago.edu/1/777777122590/ (accessed 18 December 2008).
    • Contributor: Ramzy, Carolyn M.
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    The Challenges of Notating Music in General and Coptic Music... Article. Then may we come to appreciate and delight in this unique, vibrant, ever pertinent musical tradition so treasured by the Copts. January 2009
    • Contributor: Robertson-Wilson, Marian
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    My Memories of My Uncle Ragheb Moftah: The Mission that I Had... Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in. ; 9 p. | My special thanks to Dean Shahira el-Sawy, Dean of the AUC's Libraries and Learning Technologies, and Philip Croom, Associate Dean of the AUC's Rare Books and Special Collections Library and Archives, and Emad Abdou, the AUC Library Technical Manager of the Photocopy Center, who is also a deacon in the Coptic Orthodox Church. They ...
    • Contributor: Moftah, Laurence - Croom, Philip
    • Date: 2008
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    Destined to Live Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in. ; 5 p. | Farida Moftah was connected with well-known Coptic families, and they were all bound by a common social background, as well as common objectives to promote Coptic and national interests. They founded Coptic schools, the Coptic Hospital, and orphanages. Farida Moftah was a close friend of 'Tante Anna,' who was Mirrit Boutros Ghali's mother. They ...
    • Contributor: Moftah, Laurence
    • Date: 2008
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    Ragheb Moftah and Coptic Music Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in. ; 11 p. | No doubt Ragheb Moftah will always be acknowledged historically as the pioneer who inaugurated the new age of Coptic music. Many renowned scholars pay tribute to him for his phenomenal contributions to save and preserve the Coptic music heritage. Moreover, his name will be always regarded in most people's mind as synonymous with Coptic ...
    • Contributor: Moftah, Laurence - Croom, Philip
    • Date: 2007
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    Ragheb Moftah, Scholars of Music, Sound Engineer, Audio Recor... Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in. ; 7 p. | The great philanthropist, Mr. Charles Faltas, who is a sort of godfather to the nuns at Deir Abu Seifein and other convents, is well-informed about the detailed history of the recording equipment used by Ragheb Moftah, and the brand names of reel-to-reel audio tapes, such as Ampex, and the record discs used to record ...
    • Contributor: Moftah, Laurence
    • Date: 2006
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    The Coptic Philanthropic Society: Al-Jam'iyyat al-Khayriyyah... Article. 11 x 8 1/2 in ; 10 p. | Habashi Moftah (1830-1935), was Mikhail Moftah's son, and nephew of Yusuf, Iryan and Butros Moftah. He was Ragheb Moftah's father, and was among the first members of the newly established Coptic Community Council in 1883. 2006
    • Contributor: Moftah, Laurence
    • Date: 2006
  • Biography
    In Memoriam: John E. Gillespie, Professor of Music, Emeritus,... Biography. Courtesy of Professor Geoffrey Rutkowski and Professor Emeritus Carl Zytowski, USCB Music Department, 215 Music Building, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-6070. (Copyright Notice). He is survived by his wife, Anna, who assisted him in many of his scholarly works, his daughter, Frances, and his son, John.
    • Contributor: Rutkowski, Geoffrey - Zytowski, Carl
    • Date: 2003