UPDATE: I made a condensed “lead sheet” version of this tune for performance purposes here:
I've always been a fan of Anouar Brahem. He's one of the first oud players I heard and is partly responsible for inspiring me to learn the oud in the first place (along with Rabih Abou-Khalil). After met Simon Shaheen in 2001, I began exploring more deeply the more traditional style of oud music exemplified by Farid el-Atrash, Riad al-Sounbati, Mohamed el-Qasabgi, as well modern masters like Shaheen and Marcel Khalife. I still enjoy the fusion approach of Brahem, although I haven't followed his music as closely in recent years.
Over at Mike's Oud Forum, a member asked if anyone had the sheet music to this tune, which inspired me to listen to it again and I ended up transcribing it. It's a really beautiful composition with some interesting counterpoint between the bass clarinet and the oud (particularly the ending). To capture the composition, I transcribed both the oud and clarinet parts, as well as the bass line. While I wouldn't write it exactly this way if it was intended for a performance, this seemed the best way to understand what was happening. Where there are repeated sections, I transcribed the first pass - both the oud and the bass ad lib quite a bit throughout. This is the version from the album, but there are a number of live versions available on YouTube as well. It's interesting to hear the variations used in different versions to get a fuller picture of the essence of the composition.
Full score sheet music here: The Astounding Eyes of Rita
Note: this transcription is my own work and provided for educational purposes only.
If Mr. Brahem objects to my making this work available, please contact me and it will be removed.