The Music of Islam, Vol. 9: Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes, Turkey
 : The Music of Islam, Vol. 9: Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes, Turkey

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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0013711314922
Format: Import
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Celestial Harmonies
Number Of Discs: 1
Publisher: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: December 02, 1997
Studio: Celestial Harmonies

Disc 1:
  1. Na'T-i Sherif - Hasan Semerkantli
  2. Nay Improvisation - Mahmut Bilki
  3. Prelude - Music Of Islam
  4. Sazidilara Ayin - Music Of Islam
  5. Kamanche Improvisation - Sedat Altinoz
  6. Wherever You Turn You See God's Presence - Music Of Islam
  7. Suite In Segah Part 1, Peshrev/Part 2, Sol Cennetin Irmaklari.../Part 3, Ey Allahim Beni Senden... - Music Of Islam
  8. Bowed Tanbour Improvistion - A. Nuri Benli
  9. Suite In Rast Part 1, Ka' Benin Yollari/Part 2, Ey Asik-I Dildade - Hasan Semerkantli
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Ten years in the making, The Music of Islam series recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622. Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the world's population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa, through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America, east Asia, and southern Africa. This is a global presence which cannot be ignored.

Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, has long had a tradition of art music, and one of the most celebrated mystical traditions in the world, that of the Mevlevi dervishes, evolved in Turkey. Mevlevi or Mawlawiyah music, developed in the VII/13th century and nurtured by several centuries of sultans, poets, and musicians, remains arguably the greatest Turkish contribution to the music of Islam. Although this music is the focus of this volume its influence is also strongly felt in volume 14.

Tracks 1-6 in this volume represent a complete sema ritual, and other rituals of mystic Mevlevi music are included as well. As a branch of Sufism, the Mevlevis practice the ritual called zikr (Arabic dhikr) - an ecstatic ceremony of invocation and remembrance of God through, among other things, the repeated chanting of his many names. The zikr is practiced by Sufis throughout the Islamic world, and it has been noted that even the Turkish sema is a specific subdivision of this genre of ritual. The Mevlevis also present their mystical music in what might be viewed as a kind of concert suite (tracks 7 and 9). Track 8 is a prelude of sorts that introduces the mode used in the final suite. Each suite is united by a different mode. In every case, the music draws its inspiration from the text, and its structure from a sophisticated set of modes, rhythms, and traditional forms.

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