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The Edvâr of Demetrius Cantemir: recent publications

O'Connell, John Morgan ORCID: 2005. The Edvâr of Demetrius Cantemir: recent publications. Ethnomusicology Forum 14 (2) , pp. 235-239. 10.1080/17411910500415887

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This review concerns the musical works of Demetrius Cantemir (1673-1723). In particular, it concerns recent studies in ethnomusicology of his famous treatise (Edvâr), a work that was compiled by the author (c.1700) while mostly resident as a Moldavian dignitary in Istanbul between 1688 and 1710. Consisting of theoretical writings and musical compositions, the treatise represents an important development in Turkish music, showing a contemporary interest in empirical approaches to music theory and manifesting a related concern for precise transcription in music notation. In this respect, the treatise discloses a number of distinctive cultural strands, a tangible expression of the cosmopolitan music scene in Istanbul where a Greek influence upon Turkish music is especially apparent in the realms of theoretical discourse and performance practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Additional Information: Review article.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1741-1912
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 06:59

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