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Music For The Soul #7: Roubanis, Misirlou (Pop Music, Rearranged, New Timbre)

Music For The Soul: Valentine Series

MISIRLOU (Μισιρλού) is a greek pronunciation of the Turkish misirli, which means Egyptian Girl. The song is written by Nicholas Roubanis in 1927 in Greece, with lyrics in Greek, Arabic, and Turkish languages. That's interesting :)

The song tells a story about a forbidden relationship between a Greek man and an Egyptian woman, with different nationalities, religions, ethnics, and cultures.

The song has a rebetiko style, which was developed by the Jews, Arabs, Armenians, Turks, and Greeks, in Smyrna (known today as Izmir, Turkey) and Constantinople (known today as Istanbul, Turkey), before it was widely popular.

The tune was getting more and more popular in Greece! Then, many Greek artists made their own 'cover' of this song, with their own styles and arrangements. It got the world's attention when the song's lyrics were created in English, in around 1941. As for the beginning of 2017, data had it that there were 601 versions of this song, with instrumentation, THROUGHOUT the world.

This reminds me once again, that music is our universal language :) This is not a classical piece, but Quatuor Ebène has this song arranged to be played by a chamber orchestra.




This series of "Music for the soul" is one of my hedonistic ways to enjoy my life: Good music with my tea / coffee.

Many music these days are very compressed, condensed, high pitched / so much treble, & poorly-organised. And many lead our feelings to become so unsettled, anxious, or even depressed.

Let yourself be immersed in this beautiful music; most are classical music (some won't be classical music; we're all learning how to appreciate every good music around us, either in our usual way or not).

Get your tea / coffee, sit in your sofa / bed, put headphones on, close your eyes, and just enjoy! :)

I always say Music is the supplement for human's soul.

Good music creates good soul.


Artist: Amsterdam Sinfonietta

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