My favourite instrument, the piano, belongs to the family of
string instruments. I choose this instrument because I was a little
bit familiar with it. My father was a "mosamea" (tenor)
and he used to sing at home. My uncle was the leader of a folk
music group and I used to listen to him while he was practising
with other members of his band. I still go with another uncle
to the shrine. So I was brought up in an environment that admires
music. I started to sing with my siblings when I was under ten
Second, this preference was based on an intellectual curiosity.
When I was 13, my uncle helped me enrol at the Institute for Music
as a singer in the amedah choir, a group from "La récitation
des panégyriques". I stayed with the amedah for three years
and I was a distinguished "munchid" singer. I used to
sing mawawil (short, popular love songs, sung solo in a plaintive
tone) taken from Andalusian poetry. Since mawawil are related
to classical Arabic music, I was fond of them. I started to play
the piano and perform classical Arabic music, Andalusian music
and folk music. My practical experience in this field was better
than my theoretical knowledge.
I do not know the development and evolution of this instrument and its initial form. My knowledge of this instrument was purely artistique. But my interest in drawing, which I learned in primary and intermediate education, enabled me to draw the piano.
I was free to sing in my family environment. A benefactor bought
me a piano as a gift to encourage me to enhance my knowledge of
this instrument. I used to spend one hour a day playing the piano
to break the monotony of the school that I felt when I came Back
from school in the evening. By combining my hobby and studies,
I was able to feel a certain balance and peace of mind.
I can say that the piano is used both in classical music and
Andalusian music. As for the geographic distribution and cultural
influence, the piano is used in most Moroccan music institutes
and it is a musical instrument mainly used and admired by the
intelligentsia and the rich from the aristocracy.