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Music of the Ottoman court: makam, composition and the early Ottoman instrumental repertoire by Walter Feldman [Book Review]

O'Connell, John Morgan 2003. Music of the Ottoman court: makam, composition and the early Ottoman instrumental repertoire by Walter Feldman [Book Review]. Edebiyât 13 (2) , pp. 260-263. 10.1080/0364650032000143283

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Abstract

Music in the Ottoman Court by Walter Feldman is an important contribution to Turkish music studies. Drawing upon an eclectic range of sources, the author documents the formation of a distinctive Ottoman musical style during the 17th century, showing the symbiotic relationship between sound and society within that frame. In this respect, he pieces together (with economic precision) a limited range of relevant documents to show how Ottoman musicians abandoned an older “closed” musical system (based upon modal hierarchy) in favor of a new “open-ended” musical system (based upon modal equality) indicative of Persian and (possibly) Byzantine musical influences, respectively. Further, he interprets this dramatic transformation of Ottoman sound space by examining (for the first time) a rich store of literary and iconographic references drawn from dispersed geographical and historical sources. While his analysis of the musical materials is not always accessible to a non-specialist audience and while his organization of the historical materials is not always consistent, Feldman’s publication adds significantly to the available literature on the period and provides a valuable resource for future scholarship in the area.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0364-6505
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/98992

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