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Misirlou

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Nicholas Roubanis (arr. Philip J Lang)


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General Info

Year: 1941/ 1947
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Publisher: Mills Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


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Errata

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Program Notes

Misirlou (often misspelled "miserlou") is a traditional song from the Eastern Mediterranean region. The earliest known recording of the song is a 1927 Greek rebetiko / tsifteteli composition influenced by Middle Eastern music. There are also traditional Arabic (belly dancing), Armenian, Persian, Indian, and Turkish versions of the song. This song was very popular from the 1920s in the ethnic Greek and Armenian communities of the Ottoman empire diaspora who settled in the United States of America.

While the exact folk origin of the song is not well established, it is thought to have originated somewhere in Egypt or Asia Minor. In 1941, Nick Roubanis, a Greek-American music instructor, released a jazz instrumental arrangement of the song, crediting himself as the composer. Since his claim was never legally challenged, he is still officially credited as the composer today worldwide.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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Performances

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  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Raymond Handfield, conductor) – 27 October 2017


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