Halim El-Dabh, the composer and ethnomusicologist, passed away at his home in Kent, Ohio on Saturday 2 September 2017, aged 96. Halim joined us at Peters in 1959, and remained in contact with us up until his final days.
A prolific composer, Peters publishes nearly forty of his works with many of his compositions employing musical elements of his home country of Egypt. His most popular work Clytemnestra, written for the Martha Graham Dance Company, has been performed extensively throughout the world and was filmed for a PBS special.
Halim taught full time at Kent State from 1969 to 1991, and then part time until 2012. He was a recipient of two Fulbright awards, two Guggenheim Fellowships and two honorary doctorates.
He is survived by his wife and three children, Habeeb, Shadia and Amira.