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Music in Turkey

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Eliot Bates

Publication Date - 20 August 2010

ISBN: 9780195394146

160 pages
Book with CD/DVD
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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The only brief textbook on music in Turkey, with an in-text CD of examples


** Music in Turkey is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. **

Music in contemporary Turkey is inextricably linked to the history of the Republic of Turkey and the complex histories of the Ottoman Empire and numerous other empires that preceded it. It is also an ideal avenue for introducing one of the most vibrant multicultural areas in the Middle East. Turkey is home to a rich variety of highly localized musical traditions--comprised of regional repertoires, instruments, performance practices, and dances--bound together by a strong sense of national identity. The first brief, stand-alone volume to explore the musical and cultural traditions of this region, Music in Turkey places the diverse sounds of the country (and the Middle East at large) in their social contexts.

Author Eliot Bates employs four themes in his survey of Turkish music:

* The role of music in forming a national consciousness about local and regional cultures
* How changes in musical meaning pertain to changes in contemporary Turkish society
* The process of arrangement, where technology is creatively used to revitalize and modernize traditional music
* How today's Anatolian musical instrument performance and construction are linked to local, regional, and national identities

The author draws on his extensive regional fieldwork, offering accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations.

Music in Turkey is ideal for introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and for upper-level courses on Middle Eastern music and/or culture. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing musical examples, the text features numerous listening activities that actively engage students with the music. The companion website includes supplementary materials for instructors.

About the Author(s)

Eliot Bates is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Cornell University. He has performed extensive ethnographic research in Turkey, focusing on the digital production of traditional music in recording studios. Dr. Bates is also an accomplished oud performer and professional audio engineer.

Table of Contents

    CD Track List

    Chapter 1: Anatolian Rural Musics and Instruments
    1.1: Rural song forms: türkü and uzun hava
    1.2: Asik poetry and poets
    1.3: Alevi sacred/secular music
    1.4: Saz-family instruments
    1.5: Saz making
    1.6: Kemençe and Karadeniz folk song
    1.7: Dance music and drumming: Oyun havasi and the aski-davul
    1.8: Conclusion: rural music in urban Turkey

    Chapter 2: Urban Musics and Instruments
    2.1: History of urban art music until 1950
    2.2: Oud
    2.3: Contexts 1: music institutes and concert halls
    2.4: Sarki and fasil: song and suite forms
    2.5: Tanbûr
    2.6: Instrumental art music composition
    2.7: Roman oyun havasi
    2.9: Contexts 2: restaurant and meyhane music
    2.9: Klasik kemençe (lyra politiki)
    2.10: Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Musical Features: Rhythm, Melody, and Form
    3.1: Usul, beat structures, and meter
    3.2: Asymmetrical beat structures and the feel of aksak
    3.3: Rhythms made within aksak beat structures
    3.4: Comparison of rhythmic layers in karsilama and zeybek dance forms
    3.5: Musical form: soru-cevap
    3.6: Melodic structure: seyir and durak
    3.7: Conclusion

    Chapter 4: Arranged Folk and Art Musics and New Musical Instruments
    4.1: Arrangements in art music ensembles
    4.2: Making Karadeniz music: "Bu Dünya Bir Pencere"
    4.3: Alevi arrangements: Dertli Divani, "Zamani Gelir"
    4.4: Arabesk
    4.5: Kurdish arrangements and Aynur's "Keçe Kurdan"
    4.6: Profile: Erkan Ogur
    4.7: Conclusion

    Chapter 5: Music, Politics, and Meaning
    5.1: In memory of a general: Asik Veysel's "Atatürk'e Agit"
    5.2: Alevis against corruption: Cemali's industrial cover of "Yuh Yuh"
    5.3: Folk heroes and socialist politics in the songs of Grup Yorum
    5.4: Azeri and Armenian identity and the story of "Sari Gelin/Sari Gyalin"



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