Halim El-Dabh (Composer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Halim El-Dabh

Halim Abdul Messieh El-Dabh was an Egyptian American composer, musician, ethnomusicologist, and educator, who has had a career spanning six decades. He is particularly known as an early pioneer of electronic music. In 1944 he composed one of the earliest known works of tape music, or musique concrète. From the late 1950s to early 1960s he produced influential work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.

About Halim El-Dabh

Egyptian-born American composer, educator, ethnomusicologist, and musician whose career spanned over a half-century. He was a pioneer in electronic music and was credited with recording the first piece of electronic tape music in 1944.

Before Fame

He came to the United States in 1950 courtesy of a Fulbright Fellowship to study music at the University of New Mexico. His teachers were the famed John Donald Robb and Ernst Krenek.


He recorded his first electronic tape music for “The Expression of Zaar,” an electroacoustic musique concrète piece. He developed the concept at the Colombia-Princeton Electronic Music Center during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Family Life

He grew up with a large, wealthy Coptic family in Sakakini, Cairo, Egypt.


He was largely influenced by Austrian composer Bela Bartok.

Information related to Halim El-Dabh

  • Addis Ababa University faculty
  • Egyptian pianists
  • Pupils of Ernst Krenek
  • Egyptian composers
  • Kent State University faculty
  • Egyptian emigrants to the United States
  • Howard University faculty
  • Contemporary classical music performers
  • Ballet composers
  • Cairo University alumni

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Latest information about Halim El-Dabh updated on September 01, 2020.

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