Turkish music is a rich amalgam of ancient and modern. Unlike the popular music of Western Europe and North America, Turkish music values its ancient roots. Turkish musicians and Turkish audiences welcome the new, but insist upon retaining a Turkish musical identity.
Although the origins of Turkish music lie in the steppes of Central Asia, Turkish music began developing its unique character a thousand years ago. By slowly adapting the musical styles and instruments of the cultures they encountered in Anatolia (the area of modern Turkey), the Turks created a truly Ottoman musical phenomenon.
Traditional Turkish Music
Traditional Turkish music can be divided into classical (the music of the Ottoman court) and folk. Classical Turkish music is a highly developed art-form requiring considerable training. It has both an instrumental and vocal aspect, and is performed on a variety of stringed instruments and drums. Turkish folk music has many regional forms, but all of them feature the folksong with its themes of love, death, patriotism, and revenge. The favorite folk instrument is the saz (long-necked lute)
Modern Turkish Music
Contemporary Turkish music retains its traditional tonalities while incorporating many twentieth-century Western styles and instruments into its repertoire. Since the 1950s, Turkish popular music has really flowered. Many popular artists cover Western hits, sometimes in English but most frequently in Turkish. Hip-Hop and Rap are all represented, and among young people there has been a real push to participate in European musical competitions. But as is the case in the West, many young Turkish artists have gone indie, judging a popular music that is too Western to be superficial and insubstantial.
Listen to Turkish Music Online
You can discover more about and enjoy Turkish music in both its traditional and modern genres by checking out the radio portal at hit-Tuner.net. Here you'll find hitTuner's online player, through which you can gain access to Turkish radio stations and thousands of others from around the world ...