He was Egypt’s most famous composer, a pioneer in modern music, and a creative force at Kent State University for more than four decades.
Composer and music researcher Halim El-Dabh died over the weekend. He was 96 years old.
A career in music came as sort of a surprise for El-Dabh. In 1940’s Cairo, he was training to be an agricultural engineer, but all the while he studied and wrote music.