Early Ottoman Music: The Collection of Dimitri Kantemir

by Evgenios Voulgaris

Feb 26 - Mar 3
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$120 $110 before Feb 19


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In this course, we will use the compositions of 16th and 17th century Ottoman composer Dimitri Kantemir to study makam and ûsül (rhythmic cycles). These are the key to understanding the aesthetics of early Ottoman music. This course is open to any instrument, however instrumental and vocal students alike must be capable of producing the intervals (including microtones) specific to the makam system. The rebab, perhaps the oldest bowed instrument of Ottoman music, will be used as a reference. Given that staff notation will be used, basic sight reading ability will be helpful. We will also explore improvisation (taksim), attempting to emulate the distinct aesthetic atmosphere of a makam, which involves utilizing characteristic melodic phrases and maps. At the end of this course, students will have an overall understanding of the various components that characterize early Ottoman music, a better grasp of the nuances of makam and taksim, and several compositions from the repertoire of Dimitri Kantemir.

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

Class Schedule

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, an additional make-up class will take place at the same time on Thursday following the last day of classes.

Feb 2607:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2707:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2807:00 PM10:00 PM
Mar 207:00 PM10:00 PM
Mar 307:00 PM10:00 PM