three pieces from the orchestra’s repertoire
Symphony No 99 Joseph Haydn
The Austrian composer’s 1793 masterpiece proved invaluable to Paul MacAlindin in conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. “[Playing it] the musicians couldn’t help but learn about their various roles,” he said.
Desert Camel Mohammed Ezzat
Ezzat, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, composed this tune for the youth orchestra. Bedouin flavours and snake-charming melodies figure; MacAlindin calls it “a romper stomper Arab fantasy.”
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin
Who could resist ragtime music’s most influential hit, as written by Joplin in 1899? Not the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, whose members would sometimes split up into smaller groups to play it as a piece of chamber music.
Pianist Scott Joplin (1868-1917).
Composer Joseph Haydn (17321809).
Iraqi conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat.