The 2022 Frances Densmore Prize awarded to NEMO-Online Chief Editor and CERMAA Director Amine Beyhom

We are delighted at NEMO-Online and CERMAA to announce that Amine Beyhom, Chief Editor of NEMO-Online and Director of the CERMAA, was awarded the 2022 Frances Densmore Prize by the American Musical Instrument Society for his 2020 Dossier on the ʿūd in NEMO-Online.

The award announcement stands:

The Frances Densmore Prize is awarded annually for the best article-length publication in English that furthers the goals of the Society. The 2022 Densmore Prize is awarded to Amine Beyhom for his article “Was the Early Arabian ‘Ūd ‘Fretted’?” published in Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5, no. 9 (November 2020).

“Was the Early Arabian ‘Ūd ‘Fretted’?” is “an erudite and impressive piece of scholarship. The author persuasively demonstrates that the early ʿūd was unfretted but that tie-frets may have been used for teaching or training purposes. Beyhom’s argument has important implications for not just Islamic and Western organology but indeed for the critical work of recognizing early Arabian treatises on praxis as central to the development of Greek and, therefore, to the development of European musical systems. The extraordinary analysis of primary source material that made this article stand out within a strong field of candidates exemplifies crucial considerations in organology, musicology, and music theory today.”

Amine Beyhom trained as a civil engineer as well as a musician (guitars and bass) and a composer. After obtaining his MA from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in Paris, he worked as a research engineer in France, then changed the course of his life to become a professional musician and composer, firstly in France then in Lebanon, while learning the ʿūd and founding his own music production company. He completed his PhD in 2003 at the Sorbonne University, Paris, and his Habilitation at the same university in 2010. He later received the title of Professor in Music and Musicology.

Dr. Beyhom has published articles on numerous topics including Byzantine chant, the theory of music, and Orientalism in musicology. He has taught at universities in Lebanon and France, and in 2011 he founded the Centre for Research on the Music of Arabian and Akin countries (CERMAA), which he still leads. In 2018 he established [the] VIAMAP (the Video Animated Music Analysis Project), which has produced more than sixty video analyses. He was awarded the Lois Ibsen Al-Faruqi triennial Award by the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2017. He is active as a music analyst and videographer, as Chief Editor of Near-Eastern Musicology Online, and as the head of the CERMAA research center. He is delighted to conduct workshops with international students on various themes, the last to date (before Covid) being about Artificial Intelligence and Music.

In memoriam Katy Romanou / Publication internet et version imprimée du NUMÉRO SPÉCIAL DE NEMO-ONLINE / SPECIAL ISSUE of NEMO-ONLINE now online and in print

In Memoriam Katy Romanou

Available in free pdf version here.

Available in print version (paperback) here.

Contents / Articles

  • Andriana SOULELE
    • THE CHORUS REFORMATION IN MODERN PERFORMANCES OF ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY AFTER 1945: The Suppliants (1964) of Iannis Xenakis and The Persians (1965) of Jani Christou … p.1
  • Apostolos PALIOS
    • ANALYTICAL AND INTERPRETATIVE APPROACH: Yorgo Sisilianos’s Works for Two Pianos … p.19
  • Christina GIANNELOU
    • MY 20 YEARS LIFE TRIP: Between Katy Romanou and Rena Kyriakou … p.43
  • Lampros EFTHYMIOU
    • A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW AND COMPARATIVE STUDY: Musical-Poetical Structural Analysis of Greek Folk-Songs … p.67
  • Lorenda RAMOU
    • KATY ROMANOU S’EXPRIME: L’oeuvre pour Piano de Nikos Skalkottas à Travers une Co-Direction de Thèse de Doctorat … p.87
    • MANOLIS KALOMIRIS: His Relationship with Dr. Erwin Felber and Βéla Bélai in the Forties and the Fifties … p.95
    • GREEKNESS IN NIKOS SKALKOTTAS’ CHAMBER MUSIC: An Analytical View of Issues of Modal and Idiomatic Structural Issues … p.101
  • Kostas KARDAMIS
    • A SCOT BARD IN EUROPEAN SOUTH: Dionisios Rodotheato’s Opera Oitona (1876) … p.139
  • Amine BEYHOM
    • ART MUSICS OF THE ORIENT: Or the Time for Recognition … p.147


Katy Romanou (Kaitē Rōmanou) was born in 1939, Athens and died in May 2020.

She studied at Indiana University where she was granted a Masters degree in musicology and pursued her studies at the University of Athens where she was awarded a Ph.D. in musicology. She was a music critic for the daily newspaper He Kathemerine (1974-1986), and was on the editorial boards of Greek periodicals Musicologia and Polyphonia. She was also a founding member of the Hellenic Musicological Society where she remained active until her death. Katy published extensively in Greek and English and contributed to many publications. She gave lectures on Greek music in the United States of America, at the City University of New York, Yale University, University of Florida at Gainesville and at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She taught music history and music theory at several conservatories in Greece before holding a professorship chair at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA – Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών), and later at the European University of Cyprus (Ευρωπαϊκό Πανεπιστήμιο ‎Κύπρου).

She was always trying to link people together through music and research, especially in her main fields of interest which were Greek music and the Byzantine world. Katy believed in the essential role of the Balkan countries in the shaping of the history of musicology and strongly fought to bind the Balkans to Western music history.

When we met her in Cyprus during a colloquium, we were pleased to discuss with her during the coffee breaks about several musicological issues and we understood at CERMAA how sharp her mind was and how much work she still wanted to achieve. It was with great sadness that we read about her death. Her loss was untimely for all but especially to the world of musicology. 


Katy Romanou (Kaitē Rōmanou) est née en 1939 à Athènes, et décédée en Mai 2020.

Elle a obtenu son Master en Musicologie à l’Université de l’Indiana puis son doctorat à l’Université d’Athènes. Elle fut critique musicale pour le quotidien He Kathemerine (1974-1986) et membre des comités d’édition des revues grecques Musicologia et Polyphonia. Elle fut aussi membre fondateur de la Hellenic Musicological Society au sein de laquelle elle poursuivit ses activités jusqu’à son décès.

Katy publia extensivement en Grec et en Anglais, et donna des conférences et des cours sur la musique grecque aux États-Unis, notamment à la City University of New York, à la Yale University, à l’Université de Floride (‎Gainesville) et à l’Université du Missouri (St. Louis). Elle enseigna l’histoire et la théorie de la musique dans plusieurs conservatoires en Grèce avant d’obtenir une chaire de professeur à l’Université Nationale et Capodistrienne d’Athènes (Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών), et plus tard à l’Université Européenne de Chypre (Ευρωπαϊκό Πανεπιστήμιο ‎Κύπρου).

Katy favorisa toujours les rencontres intellectuelles entre musiciens et entre chercheurs, tout particulièrement dans les deux domaines qui lui tenaient à cœur, la musique grecque et le monde byzantin. Elle croyait au rôle essentiel des pays balkaniques dans le façonnement de l’histoire de la musicologie, et se battit résolument pour relier les Balkans à l’histoire de la musique occidentale.

Nous l’avions rencontrée à Chypre, à l’occasion d’un colloque, et avions eu le plaisir de discuter avec elle de divers sujets musicologiques pendant les pauses-café. C’est là que nous avions compris à quel point sa réflexion sur la musicologie était acérée, ainsi que l’étendue du travail qu’elle s’attendait encore à accomplir. C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons appris la nouvelle de sa mort, une vraie perte pour tous ceux qui la connaissaient, et plus particulièrement pour la musicologie.

NEMO-Online Vol. 6 No. 10 is online / Mise en ligne de NEMO-Online Vol. 6 n°10


NEMO-Online is delighted to announce the publication of issue No. 10, with three articles by Amine Beyhom (English), Jean During (English) and Hanene Gharbi (حنان الغربي Arabic).

Amine Beyhom: Further Analyses from the VIAMAP,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11| p. 5–36.

The article is a sequel to two already published articles, “MAT for the VIAMAP” and “The Lost Art of Maqām”, with 4 new video analyses and two explicative videos.

“[With this article and analyses, the author has] opened a completely novel way of scientific enquiry in musicology.”

Wim van der Meer


Jean During: An Indo-Persian musical treatise: The Tebb-e Dārā Shokuhi, 1646,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11| p. 37–46.

The Tebb-e Dārā Shokuhi is a medical treatise written by a Persian scholar of the Mughal court. It includes a chapter on the art of music considered in particular for its therapeutic properties. The article highlights principal points of this text and identifies its many borrowings from earlier music treaties. The author, who was born in India, had the opportunity to compile these sources, which attest of the wide diffusion in Northern India of the Persian musical culture and of the Greater Khorasan.


Hanene Gharbi (حنان الغربي): تحليل الخطاب الموسيقي لمحمد عبد الوهّاب من خلال أغنية أنت عمري”, Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11| p. 47–87.

The author proposes a stylistic study of the song “Anta ʿUmrī” composed par Muḥammad ʿAbd-al-Wahhāb and sung by Umm Kulthūm. Through techniques used by the composer along with Kulthūm’s interpretation, she demonstrates the coexistence within the song of traditional and modern elements. Additionally, she proposes the complete score of a performance of this song which is accessible on the web.



Nemo-Online a le plaisir d’annoncer la publication du n°10 de la revue, avec trois articles par Amine Beyhom (en Anglais), Jean During (en Anglais) et Hanene Gharbi (حنان الغربي en Arabe).

Amine Beyhom: Further Analyses from the VIAMAP,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11(04)| p. 5–36.

L’article est la continuation de deux précédents articles par l’auteur, “MAT for the VIAMAP” et “The Lost Art of Maqām”, avec 4 nouvelles analyses vidéo et deux vidéos explicatives.

“[Avec cet article et ces analyses, l’auteur] a initié une méthode complètement nouvelle d’investigation scientifique en musicologie.”

Wim van der Meer


Jean During: An Indo-Persian musical treatise: The Tebb-e Dārā Shokuhi, 1646,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11| p. 37–46.

Le Tebb-e Dārā Shokuhi est un traité de médecine d’un Persan de la cour moghole. Il comporte un chapitre sur l’art musical envisagé notamment pour ses propriétés thérapeutiques. L’article fait ressortir les points originaux de ce texte et relève ses nombreux emprunts à des traités de musique antérieurs. L’auteur, qui était né en Inde, avait eu la possibilité de compiler ces sources, ce qui témoigne de la large diffusion en Inde du Nord de la culture musicale de Perse et du Grand Khorasan.


Hanene Gharbi (حنان الغربي): تحليل الخطاب الموسيقي لمحمد عبد الوهّاب من خلال أغنية أنت عمري”, Near Eastern Musicology Online 6 10 |2021-11| p. 47–87.

L’auteure propose une étude de style sur la chanson “Anta ʿUmrī” composée par Muḥammad ʿAbd-al-Wahhāb et chantée par Umm Kulthūm. Elle démontre, à travers les techniques employées par le compositeur – alliées à l’interprétation de la chanteuse –, une coexistence au sein de la chanson entre phrasés traditionnels et modernes. Elle propose également la partition complète d’une interprétation de cette chanson accessible sur internet.

New article by Ozan Yarman (Nemo-Online Vol. 5 No. 9-1): “Search for an Optimal Tonal-‎System for an Authentic ‎Turkish Soundscape”


[French version below]

(Note: the link to the article is for the updated 2020/11/08 version)

NEMO-Online is delighted to announce the publication of Ozan Yarman’s new article entitled: “Search for an Optimal Tonal-System for an Authentic Turkish Soundscape: Weighing several theoretical models on ‎Makam music against pitch-histograms”.

This article has been written in the best spirit of quantitative statistical works on the maqām, it borrows from the results of a previous paper written in collaboration by the author in 2009 in order to achieve better readings about temperament – notably for the instrument qānūn – so as to reproduce with greater accuracy, a maximum amount of pitches of the Turkish scale, in relation to each maqām of Turkish music.

While redacted in the author’s characteristic style, it unfolds significant speculations about a specific quantitative musicology while insisting on the qualitative differences between musicians and maqām of a similar tradition.

Ozan Yarman: Search for an Optimal Tonal-System for an Authentic Turkish Soundscape,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 5 9 |2020-11| p. 73–111.

  • Additional material: Zip file containing relevant MS Excel files


(Note: le lien ci-dessous donne accès à l’article dans sa version mise à jour au 2020/11/08)

Nous avons le plaisir à NEMO-Online de publier ce nouvel article d’Ozan Yarman intitulé: “Search for an Optimal Tonal-System for an Authentic Turkish Soundscape: Weighing several theoretical models on ‎Makam music against pitch-histograms”.

Composé dans la veine des meilleurs études en statistique quantitative du maqām, cet article reprend les résultats d’un précédent article co-écrit par l’auteur en 2009 pour essayer de mieux cerner le meilleur tempérament – notamment pour l’instrument qānūn – à même de reproduire au plus près un maximum de degrés de l’échelle de la musique turque, rapportés à chaque maqām de cette musique.

Rédigé dans le style caractéristique de l’auteur, il déroule les spéculations vertigineuses d’une certaine musicologie quantitative, tout en insistant sur les différences qualitatives entre musiciens et maqām d’une même tradition.

Ozan Yarman: Search for an Optimal Tonal-System for an Authentic Turkish Soundscape,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 5 9 |2020-11| p. 73–111.

  • Matériau additionel: Fichier .zip contenant des fichiers MS Excel relevant de l’étude statistique