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Usûlsüz: Meter in the concerts of Münir Nurettin Selçuk (1923-1938)

O'Connell, John Morgan 2017. Usûlsüz: Meter in the concerts of Münir Nurettin Selçuk (1923-1938). Presented at: Rhythmic Cycles and Structures in the Art Music of the Middle East, Munster, Germany, 27-28 February 2014. Published in: Helvacı, Zeynep, Olley, Jacob and Jäger, Ralf Martin eds. Rhythmic Cycles and Structures in the Art Music of the Middle East. Ergon Verlag,

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Abstract

During the early-Republican era (1923-1938), the renowned Turkish vocalist Münir Nurettin Selçuk (1899-1981) developed a new classical style in the context of a new classical venue, the concert hall. Performing as a soloist (solist) in imitation of a recital (resital), he viewed himself as a ‘concertiste’ (konsertist) who had revolutionised Turkish music by adopting western techniques in vocal performance and by appropriating western conventions in vocal presentation. Here, the concert programme afforded Selçuk with a unique opportunity for displaying a new national style at the dawn of a new nation state. In this paper, the author examines the metric organisation of concert programmes presented by Münir Nurettin Selçuk during the early-Republican period. Although criticised by contemporary critics for the irregular character (usûlsüz) of his concert programmes, it is argued that Selçuk advanced an older conceptualisation of musical meter that can be found in historic anthologies of song texts (güfte mecmuaları).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Ergon Verlag
ISBN: 9783956501722
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 10:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99021

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