three pieces from the or­ches­tra’s reper­toire

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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.

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Pian­ist Scott Joplin (1868-1917).

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Com­poser Joseph Haydn (17321809).

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Iraqi con­duc­tor Mo­hammed Amin Ez­zat.

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