Gürsel Kocak and ensemble
by Leyla Saz

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"Sarki" is an Ottoman song form. "Hüzzam" denotes the mode used in this song. Both the lyrics and music are by Leyla Saz (1850-1936).

This song and the Victory March are discussed in the article "Music in the Ottoman Imperial Harem and the Life of Ottoman Composer Leyla Saz" (Back to Research page)

Lyrics

"Ey sabahi hüsn ü anin afitabi-i enveri" 

The morning brings the beauty of the sun.

The nightingale lingers in the elgant garden

How was it possible for me to love you

In this state with no room in my heart?

 

 

Hafiz Yasar Bey (vocals) and Saz Heyeti (ensemble)
by Leyla Saz

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This is an archival recording from 1909-1911 of the Victory March (1908) by Leyla Saz. It was re-released on the CD Ottoman Marches by Kalan Records in Istanbul. 

Kathryn Woodard
Leyla Saz (arr. by Kathryn Woodard)

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Kathryn Woodard performing the piano arrangement she made of the Victory March (1908) by Leyla Saz.

Listen to the archival recording from 1911 above for a comparison.

 

Also, click on the links to listen to Cihat Askin perform his own arrangement of "Victory March" for violin and piano.

Leyla Saz / Kathryn Woodard

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Using the violin & piano arrangement, Qin Qian (erhu) performed the "Victory March"  with Kathryn Woodard, Joseph Tayoun (dumbek) and Brent Edmondson (bass)

Purchase the score here!

Qin Qian Ensemble at the Andrea Clearfield Salon (March 2016)

Leyla Saz / Kathryn Woodard

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The audio recording above (click the 'play' arrow) is from a reading session by the Texas A&M Wind Symphony of the concert band arrangement. 

And the link below is to a video of the Centre College Wind Ensemble (KY) with Jaemi Loeb conducting the arrangement. Her commentary is a model for how to introduce the piece quickly to audiences. Complete information about the composer and the piece is available in an article on our "Research" page.

CentreCollegeWindEnsemble

Single instruments or simple doublings on each part certainly work here, but the piece can also be performed by a full band. Performance begins at 2:30 on the video.

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From the field recordings Bartok made during his trip to Turkey, November 1936. A single phrase of "Mavilim das basinda" (My love stood on a rock).

These recordings were released on the Hungaroton label.

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A second recording of "Mavilim". Adnan Saygun used this melody in an art song for baritone. (See video below) An orchestral version of the song also exists.

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An additional recording from the fieldwork recordings. "Sivrisar'i" ('News spread throughout Sivrihisar') 

Sandor Blazso, bass; Hungarian R&T Chorus; Budapest Sym Orch; Hikmet Simsek, cond.
by Ahmed Adnan Saygun

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"Why art thou mourning, nightingale?" - An excerpt from the Yunus Emre Oratorio by Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun.

This aria begins with a flute solo reminiscent of Turkish ney playing long associated with Sufi mysticism; the scale is roughly equivalent to the makam Bestenigar. The lyrics are taken from the poetry of 14th century Turkish mystic, Yunus Emre. Probably Saygun's most popular large-scale work, the oratorio demonstrates strategies for melding Turkish and Western musical languages. 

Ankara State Opera & Ballet Orchestra
by Ahmed Adnan Saygun

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Excerpt from the opera Özsoy composed in 1934 by Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun. The recording was released as part of the book Atatürk ve Saygun published by Boyut Müzik.

Read about this work and others by Saygun - CSSAAME-Saygun.pdf

Anatoli Kulaar

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From the CD Tuva, Among the Spirits: Sound, Music and Nature in Sakha and Tuva. Smithsonian Folkways, 40452

Borbangnadyr refers to a particular style or technique of throat-singing. Here it is performed in a traditional context, in concert with stream water.

Kathryn Woodard, performer
Umar Temor, composer; Kathryn Woodard, arranger
Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz (piano)
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, composer and performer

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An excerpt of "For Piano" featuring the composer at the piano. From the album Ali-Zadeh: Mugam Sayagi

Ge Gan-ru, composer

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Although a different selection than that discussed in the article, this excerpt from "Si" for piano, clarinet and violin demonstrates Ge Gan-ru's extended techniques for creating different timbres - dampened low strings for gong tones and plucked strings like a zither. The piece was composed in 1990 and is a remembrance and tribute to the victims of the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing, China in 1989. From a live performance at The Construction Company - Theresa Salomon, violin; Ayako Oshima, clarinet; Kathryn Woodard, piano

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John Cage, composer; Kathryn Woodard, piano

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The complete The Perilous Night (5 movements) demonstrates Cage's timbral alterations of the piano with preparations. From a live performance at The Construction Company.

Pete Seeger
Industrial Folksong
Kathryn Woodard, piano
Frederic Rzewski, composer

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A live performance at The Construction Company. November 20, 1999. Read about Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Rzewski - Rzewski.pdf

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