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Cemil Bey was the most famous composer of instrumental art music in the late Ottoman Empire, whom the notes compare to Johann Sebastian Bach. These pre-World War I recordings are documents without parallel, and remarkably well-recorded. Ozhan, a virtuoso of the saz lute, here turns to another lute and takassinm to the classical Turkish repertoire. The result is meditative music whose apparent timelessness is in reality molded by a musical sensibility both steeped in tradition and intensely contempoarary. If Cemil Bey is Turkey's Bach, Julian Bream was the Ozkan of the European lute. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: 1871 in Istanbul, Turkey

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tanburi Cemil Bey is remembered as one of the most important composers of instrumental art music from the late period of the Otoman Empire in Turkey. Bey's recordings between 1910 and 1914, prior to the invention of the electric microphone, set the precedent for the saz semai suite form that continues to dominate traditional Turkish music. According to The New York Daily News, Bey "bends fashion, Turkish blues if you like". The Beat praised Bey for his "left hand technique of comparable strength...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Arabic
  • Released: Jan 01, 1994

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