Second Boston Byzantine Music Festival

Reform and Notation in Early Nineteenth-Century Istanbul

Date: Nov 14, 2014 Time: 3:30 PM–4:30 PM Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol provides the historical context for the DÜNYA ensemble’s performance of A Fasıl for a Phanariot Beyzade.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will explore how the idea of “reform” during the early ninteenth century affected musical notation chiefly among Armenian and Greek Orthodox cantors of Istanbul. Beginning with a history of the period from an Ottoman perspective, Dr. Sanlıkol will discuss Phanariots, the identity and changing world of the cantors, and the arrival of Giuseppe Donizetti as the first European music instructor at the Ottoman palace.

Listen to Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol discuss A Story of the City: Constantinople-Istanbul on PRI’s The World

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