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Rafael Pérez Arroyo


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Rafael Pérez Arroyo was born in Madrid. After finishing his higher studies in piano and composition he graduated in Musicology and Orchestral Conducting in 1983 from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid. He furthered his studies in Orchestral Conducting with Sergiu Celebidache in Munich in 1980 and 1981, with Sir Charles Mackerras in 1981 and with Julius Kalmar in 1982 in Vienna. He has written numerous technical articles and studies of early Spanish instruments; particularly worthy of note is that on Renaissance harps. He also collaborated in the project: Historia de la música Española.

Since 1992 he has dedicated himself to the study of the music of Ancient Egypt: Pharaonic musicology. The initial stage of this culminated in the publication of the first of a series of books, written in collaboration with Syra Bonet: ‘Music in the Age of the Pyramids’, available in both Spanish and English editions. The book received the First Prize 2002, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education Culture and Sport to the Best Scientific Book. It has also received excellent reviews in the specialist press, both Spanish and international. The CD-Audio with the same title was similarly well received.

In the field of music production he has produced more than 22 recordings of early Spanish music from 1995 to 1998 for the Sony-Classical label and more than 9 recordings for Sony España, S. A. between 1995 and 2002. All these recordings were made in collaboration with the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.


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  • rodofdez

    For those who want to learn more about occidental early and ancient music go to ; the following link particularly has info about the tracks in the CD "music in the age of the pyramids" :

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • ferthu_hal

    wow, i've had this album for a couple of years and never really paid too much attention to it.. but this is one of the most amazing things i've ever heard! absolutely incredible, and the research behind it is mind-blowing. in love!

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sanja717

    Perfect music. But, why only one album?!

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • NuclearFart

    This is awesome

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • newsveg

    u guys have serious lacks in education. learn what gregorian/medieval chants are first, then maybe u could hear the difference.

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • javiikiller

    Are really this music egiptian? This sound like medieval liturgy chants.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
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    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ok-

    "Music in the Age of the Piramids" is an excellent album.

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    I didn't know gregorian music came from Ancient Egypt :P

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Izgrejala

    Admirable viaje al Egipto antiguo ^^

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Hklti36Fljf

    Magical work!

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Vladalucard

    Magnífico trabajo.

    12 Jun 2008 Reply

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