The Violin in Makam Music – FULL

by Danai Loukidi

Jan 25 - Feb 18
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


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This course will cover the fundamentals of violin technique in Turkish makam. We will work on exercises for left and right hand techniques, focusing on ornamentation and articulation. We will use classical Ottoman pieces, as well as traditional Turkish and Greek pieces to study the makam system, concentrating on the intervals, articulation and phrasing basics. We will study the Hicaz family, Nikriz and Neveser makamlar, analyzing the melodic development of these in the selected repertoire.We will also study the rhythmic elements of these pieces, and you will become familiar with several time signatures of the Eastern Mediterranean region.    This course is for students who already play violin, are able to hold and tune the instrument, and clearly produce sound and scales. By the end of this course, you will be familiar with the fundamental elements of makam theory. You will also grasp their direct correlation with performance in order to become creative beyond the score.    The course repertoire will include the following pieces, with potential for slight change: “Hicaz Ilahi,” “Neratzolemono,” Hicaz Humayun Peşrev by Veli Dede, Pervolaria, “To kofton” from Cyprus, “Nikriz Peşrev” by Ali Ufki Bey, and “Neveser Şarkı.”

Student requirements:
Instrumental technique: basic
Western theory: any level
Modal music theory: any level
Sight reading: basic
Transposition: any level
Learning by ear: any level
Composition: any level
Improvisation: any level

Class Schedule

Class Schedule: In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.

Jan 2507:00 PM09:00 PM
Jan 2807:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 107:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 407:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 807:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 1107:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 1507:00 PM09:00 PM
Feb 1807:00 PM09:00 PM