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Snapshot: Tanburî Cemil Bey

O'Connell, John Morgan 2002. Snapshot: Tanburî Cemil Bey. In: Danielson, Virginia, Marcus, Scott and Reynolds, Dwight eds. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The Middle East, Routledge, pp. 757-758.

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Abstract

The life of the acclaimed Turkish instrumentalist Tanburî Cemil Bey (1871?—1916) is a story of transition, set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire and resonating with the revolutionary ethos and the cosmopolitan character of the time. This was a period in which major social and administrative changes were instituted under the provisions of the Tanzimat reforms (1839-1876), and Western aesthetic preferences (alafranga) competed with—and in some instances replaced—native urban sensibilities (alaturka) in a wide range of cultural practices, including music. In this context of political uncertainty and cultural fragmentation, Tanburī Cemīl Bey offered the possibility of a new future. His remarkable artistic innovations and diverse aesthetic interests not only re flected the instability of his own time but also anticipated the major musical and cultural reforms that followed the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780824060428
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 14:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99025

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