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Music in Turkey Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

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ISBN-10: 0195394143

ISBN-13: 9780195394146

Edition: 2011

Authors: Eliot Bates

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Turkey is home to a rich diversity of highly localized musical traditions-comprised of regional repertoires, instruments, performance practices, and dances-bound together by a strong sense of national identity. On first listen, Anatolian music can seem overwhelming in its variety and the same piece of music can have multiple, overlapping, and even contradictory meanings depending on the region in which it's found. In Music in Turkey , Eliot Bates uses three themes to demystify these musical experiences: the interrelation of these various Turkish musical styles; the complexity of their sociocultural and musical meanings; and, the influence of technology and modernization on current Anatolian music. The text illustrates the intersection of these themes in two ways. First, it discusses the movements to modernize Turkish music with pan-Anatolian orchestras and standard repertoires. Secondly, the text focuses on the flexibility of regional styles and how they're filtered through new performance contexts and generate new meanings to present-day listeners. Bates shows how Turkish music reflects a vibrant nationalism borne from a history deeply rooted in distinct local cultures. Designed to be used as one of several short and inexpensive case study volumes in the Global Music Series, this volume is appropriate for introductory undergraduate courses in world music or ethnomusicology and for upper-level courses on Middle Eastern music and/or culture. Based on the author's own extensive fieldwork, the text features interviews with performers, eyewitness accounts of performances, and vivid illustrations. The book also features listening activities that enable students to engage critically and actively with the text. The included 70-minute CD contains examples of music discussed in the text, and supplementary material for instructors will be available on the companion web site (
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

CD Track List
Anatolian Rural Musics and Instruments
Rural song forms: T�rk� and Uzun have
�sik poetry and poets
Alevi sacred/secular music
Saz-family instruments
Saz making
Kemen�e and Karadeniz folk song
Dance music and drumming: Oyun havasi and the aski-davul
Conclusion: Rural music in urban Turkey
Urban Musics and Instruments
History of urban art music until 1950
Contexts 1: Emin Ongan �sk�dar Musiki Cemiyeti
Sarki and fasil: Song and suite forms
Instrumental art-music composition
Roman oyun havasi
Contexts 2: Restaurant and meyhane music
Klasik kemen�e (lyra politiki)
Musical Features: Time and Dramatic Tension
Usul, beat structures, and meter
Asymmetrical beat structures and the feel of aksak
T�rk Aksagi
Devr-i Turan and Devr-i Hindi
Four-Beat usul-s
Nim Sofyan
Combination Usul-s
Rhythms made within aksak beat structures
Compariosn of rhythmic layers in karsilama and zeybek dance forms
Musical form: Soru-cevap
Melodic structure: Seyir and durak
Arranged Folk and Art Musics and New Musical Instruments
Arrangements in art-music ensembles
Making Karadeniz music: "Bu D�nya Bir Pencere"
Alevi arrangements: Dertil Divani, "Zamani Gelir"
Kurdish arrangements and Aynur's "Ke�e Kurdan"
Profile: Erkan Ogur
Music, Politics, and Meaning
In memory of a general: �sik Veysel's "Atat�rk'e Agit"
Folk heroes and socialist politics in the songs of Grup Yorum
Azeri and Armenian identity and the story of "Sari Gelin/Sari Gyalin"