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A resounding issue: Greek recordings of Turkish music, 1923-1938

O'Connell, John Morgan ORCID: 2003. A resounding issue: Greek recordings of Turkish music, 1923-1938. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 37 (2) , pp. 200-216.

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This paper concerns the resounding record of recorded sounds. In particular, it concerns the disappearance of Greek voices from Turkish records during the early republican era (1923-1938). After the foundation of the Turkish Republic (1923), sound recordings made by Greek vocalists declined dramatically in Turkey, a decline that reflected extreme demographic fluctuations after the Treaty of Lausanne (1923) and restrictive modernizing reforms instituted by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938). During this tumultuous period of national reconstruction, Greek vocalists were no longer promoted by resident record companies and no longer sponsored by national musical institutions, with one notable exception, Deniz Kizi Eftalya Hanim (1891-1939). While her contribution to Turkish music remains largely invisible in written records, her legacy is still audible on sound records that have survived from the period. In this respect, the re-issue of these recordings by Onlu (1998a) is significant. As a sound source, the issue clearly shows the stylistic complexity and multicultural character of Ottoman musical practice. As a sound bridge, the publication demonstrates the continuities and discontinuities that occurred in vocal performance during a major disjuncture in Turkish history.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
ISSN: 0026-3184
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 07:00

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