Throughout the Ottoman 18th century a trend that might be termed “modernity” was seen in new concepts of music theory, in an emphasis on musical notation, and an unprecedented collaboration of Sufi Muslim, Greek Orthodox and Armenian musicians in creating a new repertoire and style. This trend seems to have its beginning with the Moldavian composer and theorist Prince Demetrius Cantemir (1673-1723), his teacher Mustafa Itri and the Mevlevi composer Osman Dede. This talk aims to examine how together they and the next generations of musicians reconstructed both the theory and practice of the music of the Ottoman Court.
Image: Greek Player of the Viola d’Amore. “Catalogue des Costumes Turcs, ca. 1818.” Ankara Ethnographic Museum, 8283, folio 95.
Walter Zev Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, NYUAD
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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