The Arab world sings many of his songs thinking that they were composed recently, not at the beginning of the last century. Songs like Zurouni, Salma Ya Salama, El Helwa Di, Ahu Da Elli Sar, Til'et Ya Mahla Nourhe, El Bahr Byedhak Leh, are just a few of his songs which we sing in our parties and hear frequently on the radio, performed by famous contemporary artists.He also composed several Muwashahat which are popular until today, such as Ya Shadi-L-Alhan and Ya Bahjat al-Rouh (altogether he composed 17 Muwashahat), in addition to 10 Adwar (pl. of Dawr or Dor) and a number of national chants, such as Biladi Biladi, and over 230 songs which he composed for 30 theatre plays and comical operettas, and two theatre plays which he composed all by himself. Sayid Darwish (1892-1923) was to die at the dawn of a striking career, at the age of 31, but he had a tremendous influence on Arabic music. He was both an original and experimental artist. His originality is well observed particularly in his Muwashaht and Adwar, in which he abided by the traditional forms, although he revolutionized the content and the musical expression. On the other hand, his stage production was westernised and the traditional instruments were replaced by an European ensemble. His greatest contribution was the fact that he revolutionized the music of his time without abandoning its roots and identity. Here we selected two of his well known works, a classical Dawr which he composed in 1923, and a popular song which he composed in 1919 (In this song, which has also been performed in Greek and French, you can hear the piano with the orchestra, while in the Dawr the traditional "takht" instruments are used, as was the case with all his compositins of this genre). Along with the original songs, we presented re-arranged versions by So'ad Muhammad and Firqat al-Musiqa al-Arabiyah, which reproduced many works of great Egyptian artists of that period.
1. Dawr Ana Hawait
(By So'ad Muhammad)
2. Salma Ya Salama
(By Firqat al-Musiqa al-Arabiyah)