Saygun: Aria from Yunus Emre Oratorio

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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. 

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