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Ghrenassia, Sylvain
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Sylvain Ghrenassia, born in Constantine on February 2, 1914, was a prominent violinist in colonial Algeria. Although primarily known for his skill in performing mālūf music, he was also accomplished in the hawzī, zjūb, and maḥjūz styles of Andalusian music. Many of the pieces he played were originally composed for the oud (ʿūd), but he adapted them to the violin, as did other musicians in his day. Ghrenassia was a member of the famous orchestra of Raymond Leyris (Cheikh Raymond) in Constantine. When Leyris was assassinated, Ghrenassia took over as its leader.

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Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, “Ghrenassia, Sylvain”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0008490>
First published online: 2010

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