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Rhythm divine: the Ethiopian nun whose music enraptured the Holy Land

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08/20/13

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Rhythm divine: the Ethiopian nun whose music enraptured the Holy Land

Rhythm divine: the Ethiopian nun whose music enraptured the Holy Land

Jersusalem's classical music lovers honour Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù, 90, after a life devoted to God and the piano

From a small, spartan room in the courtyard of the Ethiopian church off a narrow street in Jerusalem, a 90-year-old musical genius is emerging into the spotlight.

For almost three decades, Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù has been closeted at the church, devoting herself to her life's twin themes – faith and music. The Ethiopian nun, whose piano compositions have enthralled those who have stumbled across a handful of recordings in existence, has lived a simple life, rarely venturing beyond the monastery's gates.

But this month the nonagenarian's scribbled musical scores have been published as a book, ensuring the long-term survival of her music. And on Tuesday, the composer will hear her work played in concert for the first time, at three performances in Jerusalem. Guebrù may even play a little.

Her music has been acclaimed by critics and devotees. Maya Dunietz, a young Israeli musician who worked with Guebrù on the publication of her scores, says in her introduction to the book that the composer has "developed her own musical language".


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1 comment

Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

:):):)
It is indeed quite an achievement.
Emahoy tsegueMariam, congratulation on the composition of your music and eventually acknowledgement by the Isrealis.
:)

I am quite sure it will have the unique Ethiopian balad and rythm for the Jews to hear it.

08/20/13 @ 12:20

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