Ömer Eğecioğlu
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
omer@cs.ucsb.edu
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Various Publications:

Tarihten ve Günümüzden Klasik Müzik Yazıları-II (Classical Music Articles from the Past and Present-II)
Müzik Eğitimi Yayınları No.142, June 2021.


This book is the second of a series of collected articles
on  classical music, on topics past and present (in Turkish).

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Frederick Tarihsel Piyanolar Koleksiyonu: PATRICIA VE MICHAEL FREDERICK İLE BİR SÖYLEŞİ (The Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos: AN INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA AND MICHAEL FREDERICK)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 60, April 2021, pp. 8-17.

An interview with Patricia and Michael Frderick about the story of their amazing historical piano collection in Ashburnham, MA (in English & Turkish).

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Felix Mendelssohn Buckingham Sarayında  (Felix Mendelssohn at the Buckingham Palace)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, March  2021.


Felix Mendelssohn visited the Buckingham palace twice in  the summer of 1842. In his first visit he performed on the piano for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and in the second visit he played the piano and the organ, and also accompanied Victoria in her living room - the Queen singing his sister Fanny's and his own songs (in Turkish).


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Opera Bestecisi Daniel Catán ile bir Söyleşi (An Interview with the Opera Composer Daniel Catán)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, February  2021.


An interview with the opera composer extraordinaire Daniel Catán made in 2010 in Santa Clarita, California, including some personal recollections  (in Turkish)

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François Couperin’in Sultana’sı (François Couperin’s La Sultanne)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, January 2021.


This article is on Couperin's Trio Sonata titled La Sultanne, which is from his mature period (in Turkish)

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Beethoven Yılı’nda Senfonilerine Bir Bakış (A Look at the Symphonies in the Beethoven Year)
Andante, No. 170, December 2020, pp. 30-44.


A short look at the
nine symphonies of Beethoven on the occasion of  the master's 250th birthday, celebrated as the "Beethoven Year" in 2020  (in Turkish).

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Dokuzuncu Senfoninin Türkiye'de İlk Seslendirilişi (Premiere of the Ninth Symphony in Turkey)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, December 2020.



The Ninth Symphony premiered in Ankara on
April 18, 1942, soon after the premiere of Fidelio in February 13, 1942, both under the direction of Ernst Praetorius (in Turkish).

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Dokuzuncu Senfoninin Viyana Prömiyeri (Vienna Premiere of the Ninth Symphony)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, November 2020.



The preparations, artists and the circumstances of the  premiere of the Ninth Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824
(in Turkish).

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Beethoven'ın Dokuzuncu Senfonisi (Beethoven's Ninth Symphony)
Sanattanyansimalar.com, October 2020.



The first of a series of three essays on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, detailing the composition of the work
(in Turkish).

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Holst'un Constantinople Eseri (Holst's Constantinople)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 56-57, August 2020, pp. 10-13.

Gustav Holst had spent three months in Istanbul when the city was occupied by the English in 1919. This piece for the piano, Constantinople, Musique Turque, for the Pianoforte, composed by Holst” happens to be not by him, as the metadata states, but by his grandfather Matthias Holst, composed in 1820 (in Turkish).

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Tarihten ve Günümüzden Klasik Müzik Yazıları-I (Classical Music Articles from the Past and Present-I)
Müzik Eğitimi Yayınları No.129, July 2020.


This book is the first of a series of collected articles
on  classical music, on topics past and present (in Turkish).

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Lizbon Șehrinin Ulusal Tiyatrosu Teatro Nacional de São Carlos  (Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 55, February 2020, pp. 24-28.

Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the development of opera in Portugal. The Teatro was built after the devestating earthquake of 1755 destroyed town's Ópera do Tejo. It is the venue of the  famous Lisbon Traviata and Franz Liszt's 1845 concerts (in Turkish).

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Camille Saint-Saëns'ın "Tufan" Temalı Oratoryosu (The Oratorio "Le Déluge" of Camille Saint-Saëns)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 54, December 2019, pp. 12-19.


On the 1875 oratorio Le Déluge of Camille Saint-Saëns: its composition history, text, musical structure and
original reception. The history of the "Flood" myth and its frequent usage as subject matter for other musical compositions are also discussed (in Turkish).

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Venedik'te Küllerinden Yükselen Tarihi Tiyatro: La Fenice (La Fenice in Venice: The Historic Theater that Rises from its Ashes)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 53, September 2019, pp. 10-15.

La Fenice was constructed at the end of the 18th century as the thousand year old Venetian Republic came to an end. Many operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi were premiered here. The building was destroyed by two big fires, but each time bounced back and managed to rise from its ashes (in Turkish).

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Cécile Chaminade Yıldız Sarayı'nda  (Cécile Chaminade at the Yıldız Palace)
Toplumsal Tarih,
No. 309, September 2019, pp. 70-75.

Cécile Chaminade was extremely popular during 1880-1910 as a  composer and a pianist.  In early 20th century there were over 200 Chaminade Clubs empowering women. She played for the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II in the Yıldız palace in 1901. We luckily have a detailed description of this recital 
(in Turkish).

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Küçük ülkenin büyük övünç kaynağı: Reykjavik'in ışıltılı konser salonu Harpa (Cultural pride of a small country: Reykjavik's glittering concert hall Harpa)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 51-2, August 2019, pp. 8-13.


The stunning Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland was inaugurated in 2011
. Harpa has become a symbol of the recovery of this small but culturally active country from the financial crisis of 2008 (in Turkish).

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Padova ve Venedik'te iki tarihi tiyatro: Teatro Verdi ve Teatro Goldoni (Two historical theaters: Teatro Verdi in Padua and Teatro Goldoni in Venice)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 50, February 2019, pp. 8-13.


On two historical theaters in the Veneto region of Italy: Padua’s Teatro Verdi and Venice’s famous Teatro Goldoni
(in Turkish).

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Teatro Stabile del Veneto’nun direktörü Massimo Ongaro ile bir söyleşi (An interview with Teatro Stabile del Veneto’s director Massimo Ongaro)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 49, December 2018, pp. 6-11.

Teatro Stabile del Veneto is the resident  civic theater organization ofthe Veneto region in Italy. Its aim is to promote the traditional arts with theater,music and dance productions in Padua’s Teatro Verdi and Venice’s famous Teatro Goldoni. I talked with its director Massimo Ongaro on July 16,2018 in his office in Padua’s Teatro Verdi (in English & Turkish).

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Aida dünyaca ünlü Verona Arena'da  (Aida in the world-famous Arena di Verona)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 47-48, September 2018, pp. 6-10.

The 96th Verona Opera Festival took place June through August of 2018. The main productions this year were Carmen, Nabucco, Aida, Turandot, and The Barber of Seville. Zeffirelli's magnificent Aida was shown on 16 evenings in the famous Roman arena of the city (in Turkish).

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"Lenny yılı" Leonard Bernstein 100, Candide 62 yaşında  ("The year of Lenny": Leonard Bernstein is 100 and Candide is 62) 
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 46, June 2018, pp. 10-16.

On the 100. anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein and the 62 years since the first Candide production. This year and the next will see about 2500 productions of Bernstein's work and related events in tribute. This article is on this giant musician who defies classification and the LA opera production of Candide (in Turkish).

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"Şahane Hayat" operası (An operatic "It's a Wonderful Life") 
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 43, December 2017, pp. 6-12.

Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's operatic adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" was given its world premiere on December 2, 2016 by Houston Grand Opera. Here the action is seen from the perspective of an angel named Clara, an ever present witness to the events in George Bailey’s life which brought him to the point of suicide (in English & Turkish).

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Amazon Yağmur Ormanının Göbeğindeki İnci: Teatro Amazonas (The Pearl of the Amazon Rainforest: Teatro Amazonas)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 41-42, November 2017, pp. 10-16.

One time city of the rubber barons Manaus is also known as "Paris of the Tropics" and "Amazon's Hong Kong". In its heyday, this town in the middle of the Amazon rainforest was extremely wealthy and built an amazing opera house "Teatro Amazonas", modeled after the Paris opera house (in Turkish).

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Türkiye'de Seslendirilen ilk Alman Operası (The First German Opera in Turkey)
Opera & Bale Dergisi, No. 10, July 2017,  pp. 27-34.

The history of the first German opera that was presented in Turkey. This was during the war in 1916,  in the "Teutonia" hall in Ottoman Istanbul. The opera was "Der Evangelimann" by Wilhelm Kienzl, which had premiered in Berlin on 4 May 1895; once an immensely popular work, now pretty much forgotten. Tenor Erik Schmedes sang Mathias in the Istanbul production (in Turkish).

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Pompeius Magnus Kilikya'da (Pompeius Magnus in Cilicia)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 40, June 2017, pp. 6-12.

Domenico Freschi’s (1634-1710) extravagant 1680 opera Berenice Vendicativa is one of the first to make use of “Turkish” elements. Freschi also composed an opera on the exploits of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus against the pirates of Cilicia. The antique town of Pompeiopolis (present day Viranşehir/Mezitli near Mersin) bears the general’s name. The town where Pompeo Magno in Cilicia takes place is Selinus/Selinunte of Cilicia, which today is Gazipaşa near Alanya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey (in Turkish).

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Maestro John Neschling ile bir Söyleşi (An Interview with Maestro John Neschling)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 39, April 2017, pp. 26-40.

Maestro Neschling has been the Artistic and Music Director of the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo, 2013-2016. Before that, he had breathed life into the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo or, OSESP for short), turning it into a world-class phenomenon in a decade (in English & Turkish).

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Jascha Heifetz'in İstanbul resitalleri stanbul recitals of Jascha Heifetz
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 157, March-April 2017, pp. 98-106.


27 year old Jascha Heifetz gave two recitals in Istanbul with his accompanist Isidor Achron. These took place on October 31 and November 3, 1928. Fortunately the programs of both events exist. The venue was the French Theater in Pera. The recitals were part of Heifetz's European tour right after his marriage to
Florence Vidor (in Turkish).

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1928'de İstanbul 'da bitirilmiş bir eser: Jascha Heifetz'in Rameau'dan yaptığı Rigaudon uyarlaması (The Heifetz arrangement of Rameau's Rigaudon, completed in İstanbul in 1928) 
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 27, December 2016, pp. 56-62


The history and an analysis of Jascha Heifetz's violin-piano arrangement of
Jean-Philippe Rameau's Rigaudon from Dardanus.  Heifetz finished this work on October 31, 1928 in Istanbul (in Turkish).

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"Theatro Municipal de São Paulo":  Brezilya'nın Mega-Kenti São Paulo'nun Kültür Sarayı
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 38, February 2017, pp. 22-28.


The architecture, decorations, and the history of "Theatro Municipal de S
ão Paulo," starting with the Coffee Barons of São Paulo (in Turkish).

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Camille Saint-Saëns'ın Operaları, 2. bölüm (Operas of  Camille Saint-Saëns, Part II)
Opera & Bale Dergisi, No. 8, January 2017,  pp. 12-19.


Part II of a compendium of the operas of Camille Saint-Saëns, whose best known opera today is undoubtedly Samson and Delilah. Part II covers
the operas Ascanio, Phryné, Les Barbares, Hélène, L’Ancêtre and Déjanire (in Turkish).

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A note on Heifetz's arrangement of Rameau's Rigaudon
Musical Times, Winter 2016, pp. 105-110.


Jascha Heifetz's violin-piano arrangement of Jean-Philippe Rameau's Rigaudon is widely cited as based on one of the harpsicord pieces from
Pièces de Clavecin. The arrangement is actually based on a tune from the original 1739 version of Rameau's opera Dardanus (in English).

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Camille Saint-Saëns'ın Operaları, 1. bölüm (Operas of  Camille Saint-Saëns, Part I)
Opera & Bale Dergisi, No. 7, November 2016, pp. 8-15.


Part I of a compendium of the operas of Camille Saint-Saëns, whose best known opera today is undoubtedly Samson and Delilah. Part I covers
the operas La Princesse Jaune, Le Timbre d’Argent, Samson & Delilah, Étienne Marcel, Henry VIII, and Proserpine (in Turkish).

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Prusya Kralı III. Friedrich Wilhelm'den Beethoven'a bir Armağan (A Present to Beethoven from King of Prussia Friedrick Wilhelm III)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 36-37, October 2016, pp. 10-12.

Beethoven dedicated his 9th (Choral) Symphony to Friedrich Wilhelm III, the King of Prussia. The king was a supporter of arts and an admirer of the composer. Beethoven's wish to obtain a decoration was dashed however when the King decided to send a "Brilliant-Ring" instead as a token of his appreciation. What arrived turned out to be a cheap ruby (in Turkish).

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Batı Müziği ve İstanbul (Western Music and  İstanbul)
Antik Çağdan XXI. Yüzyıla Büyük İstanbul Tarihi, (10 Volumes) Vol. 7, 2016,  pp. 62-65.


A short introduction to the emergence of elements of Western music in Ottoman Istanbul: first operas, visiting European artists, establishment of music institutions, music in the Ottoman palace, music masters from Istanbul, Istanbul as a theme in music
(in  Turkish).

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Jake Heggie ile bir Sohbet (A Chat with Jake Heggie)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 35, April 2016, pp. 6-15.

Jake Heggie is the composer of some of the most successful operas of the recent times. The creator of  Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, The Radio Hour, Moby-Dick and Great Scott  talks about his work and his way of composing   (in English & Turkish).

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Soprano Angela Meade
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 34, February 2016, pp. 11-16.

An interview with soprano Angela Meade conducted in December 2015. The immensely successful young soprano had just appeared in one of her trademark roles as Norma in Los Angeles. Her career is a continuing success story with leading roles in one monumental opera after another (in English & Turkish)

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Moby-Dick Operası  (The Opera Moby-Dick)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 33, December 2015, pp. 12-15.

"Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world." Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Sheer's opera adaptation of Hermann Melville's classic novel Moby-Dick saw its Los Angeles Opera company premiere in October 2015 (in Turkish).

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Primo Uomo, Sistine Şapeli ve Sopranist Mustafa,  2. Bölüm (Primo Uomo, Sistine Chapel and Sopranist Mustafa, Part 2)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 32, September 2015, pp. 12-21.

Part 2 of a two part study on the heyday of castrati, the Sistine Chapel, and its director for many years, Domenico Mustafà (the Turk) (1829-1912). The second part is on the life and music of  Mustafà, his "fourth voice" and the memoirs of the Belle Époque soprano Emma Calvé  (in Turkish).

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Primo Uomo, Sistine Şapeli ve Sopranist Mustafa,  1. Bölüm (Primo Uomo, Sistine Chapel and Sopranist Mustafa, Part 1)  
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 31, July 2015, pp. 8-15.

Part 1 of a two part study on the heyday of castrati, the Sistine Chapel, and its director for many years, Domenico Mustafà (the Turk) (1829-1912). The first part deals with the age of Primo Uomo, before the rise of the Prima Donnas and covers their history and the  involvement of the Vatican (in Turkish).

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Çikolata ile Ölüm: Leonardo Vinci ve Günümüze Ulaşan 36 Operası (Death by Chocolate: Leonardo Vinci and the 36 Operas he left behind)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 30, May 2015, pp. 6-12.

Leonardo Vinci (1696-1730) was a Neapolitan composer of some note who composed close to fifty operas during his short life. 36 of these survive to this day, the most notable being Artaserse. A gambler and a lothario, he was mortal enemies with Nicola Porpora. Leonardo was poisoned with a cup of hot chocolate - he was bragging too much about his sexual conquests (in Turkish).

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Artur Schnabel's little-known recitals in İstanbul 
Musical Opinion Quarterly, No. 1503, April-June 2015, pp. 57-60


Master Beethoven interpreter Artur Schnabel visited the Queen of Cities Istanbul in 1931 and gave two
enthusiastically received  recitals there.  The reviews  of the performances were by the famed Orientalist and able musician Hellmut Ritter, and these appeared in the  local press. Complete programs of the master's  recitals are also available (in English).

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Beethoven'ın Dokuzuncu Senfonisinin Viyana prömiyeri ve Türkiye'de ilk seslendirilişi (Vienna premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and its first performance in Turkey)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 15, February 2015, pp. 78-84

The premiere of the Ninth Symphony was in Vienna on May 7, 1824. Main English language  accounts of this performance are based on an article in The Harmonicon magazine and the young contralto Karoline Unger's memories of the event. The first performance in Turkey was in Ankara on April 18, 1942,  right after the premiere of Fidelio there in February of that year (in Turkish).

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"Tesadüfi Diva" Şilili Soprano Verónica Villarroel  ("Accidental Diva" the Chilean Soprano Verónica Villarroel)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 29, January 2015, pp. 6-13.

Known as the “The Accidental Diva,” Chilean-born soprano Verónica Villarroel’s rise to fame is a kind of a Cinderella story; she was discovered by  Renata Scotto in Santiago, singing Musetta in La Bohème in spite of “not knowing how to read music and not having taken a single voice lesson.” She has since become one of the most prominent sopranos of our time. I interviewed Ms. Villarroel in Los Angeles after her performance as Florencia in  Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas in November 2014 (in English & Turkish).

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Eski İstanbul’da Parsifal’dan seçmeler (Selections from Parsifal in old İstanbul)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 14, December 2014, pp. 62-66.

Wagner's last opera Parsifal premiered in Bayreuth in 1882. He wished it to be staged exclusively there, so the European countries had to wait until the beginning of 1913 for their turn. The MET in New York staged it in 1903, as the USA did not recognize the copyright treaty of Bern at that time. Parts of the opera was performed in Istanbul in 1899, 1904 and 1905 in various venues including Le Syllogue littéraire grec de Constantinople and the Teutonia hall  (in Turkish).

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Daniel Catán'ın Sihirli Operası Florencia en el Amazonas (Daniel Catán's Magical  Opera Florencia en el Amazonas)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 28, February 2015, pp. 14-21.

1997 Los Angeles Opera production of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas was revived for the 2014-15 season,  starring Verónica Villarroel (Florencia), José Carbó (Riolobo), Lisette Oropesa (Rosalba), Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Arcadio), Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Paula), Gordon Hawkins (Alvaro) and David Pittsinger (Captain). This is the story of how this opera came into being and how magical realism gave impetus to Catán's masterful work (in Turkish).

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Türkiye'de Seslendirilen ilk Alman Operası (The First German Opera in Turkey)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 27, December 2014, pp. 8-15.

The history of the first German opera that was presented in Turkey. This was during the war in 1916,  in the "Teutonia" hall in Ottoman Istanbul. The opera was "Der Evangelimann" by Wilhelm Kienzl, which had premiered in Berlin on 4 May 1895; once an immensely popular work, now pretty much forgotten. Tenor Erik Schmedes sang Mathias in the Istanbul production (in Turkish).

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Beethoven Ustası Artur Schnabel'in İstanbul Resitalleri (Master Beethoven Interpreter Artur Schnabel's İstanbul Recitals)
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 141, July-August 2014, pp. 74-83.

Artur Schnabel visited Istanbul in 1931 and gave two solo recitals there. These were received quite enthusiastically. The reviews  of the performances were by the famed Orientalist and able musician Hellmut Ritter, and these appeared in the  local press. Ritter also provided complete programs of the master's  recitals (in Turkish).
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Zaman İçinde bir Yolculuk: Drottningholm Saray Tiyatrosu (A Trip in Time: Drottningholm Court Theater)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 25, July  2014, pp. 6-11.

On the living history of the Drottningholm Court Theater near Stockholm, on the grounds of the Drottningholm Swedish Royal Palace. This theater was built in the second half of the 17th century, rebuilt after a fire in the 18th century, and then fell into disuse and was neglected until its 'redicovery' at the beginning of the 20th century (in Turkish).
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Maeştri ai muzicii româneşti: Un catalog străin de la începutul secolului XX (Romanian music masters: an outsider’s catalogue of early 20th century)
Curtea de la Argeş, Revistă de cultură, No. 6 (43), June 2014, pp. 9,11.

A summary of the principal scholars of Romanian music as seen by the Turkish musicologist Mahmut Ragıp Gazimihal. From a book on the music of the Balkans by Gazimihal published in 1937 (in Romanian, translated by Prof. G. Păun. The English version can be accessed here).
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Norveç Ulusal Operası Yönetmeni: Per Boye Hansen (Norwegian National Opera's Director: Per Boye Hansen)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 24, April 2014, pp. 12-17.


Per Boye Hansen was appointed the new director of the Norwegian National Opera (Den Norske Opera) by the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors out of an applicant pool of over 60. He took over this position in 2012. I talked to him in his modest office in the fantastic new opera house in Oslo
(in English & Turkish).

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Birkaç Hedefi Şaşmış Müzik Eleştirisi (A Few Misguided Music Criticisms)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 9, April 2014, pp. 60-62.

Examples of a few jewels of disparaging music criticisms by well-known music critics such as Hanslick on classical works dearly loved today. These include the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Bizet's Carmen, and Liszt's second piano concerto. Also, a few words about the famous poet Heine, who was not beneath asking for money for endorsements in his musical musings (in Turkish).

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İsveç Bülbülleri: Jenny Lind ve Christina Nilsson: II. Bölüm (Swedish Nightingales: Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson. Part II: Christina Nilsson)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 23, February 2014, pp. 14-21.

Two of the greatest sopranos of the 19th century were Swedish: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Christina Nilsson (1843-1921). They were known as the Swedish Nightingales. In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Nilsson in Sweden and followed in the footsteps of her fairytale rise to fame and eventual retirement near her birthplace. The second  part of this 2-part series is on Christina Nilsson (in Turkish).

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Franz Liszt: traveling virtuoso 1840-47.
Streaming video

During the years 1840-47, Liszt concertized all over Europe. In addition to a large number of concerts in Austria, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Hungary, he made two tours of England, played in Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, a number of cities in Bohemia, Riga, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Moscow, Bucharest and Ottoman Constantinople. He ended his career as a performance artist with his last concerts in Elisabethgrad in the summer of 1847. This video is an animated catalogue of the dates and the places of Liszt's performances of this time.

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İsveç Bülbülleri: Jenny Lind ve Christina Nilsson: I. Bölüm (Swedish Nightingales: Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson. Part I: Jenny Lind)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 22, December 2013, pp. 36-41.

Not one, but two of the greatest sopranos of the 19th century were Swedish: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Christina Nilsson (1843-1921). First Lind, and then Nilsson was known as the Swedish Nightingale. The first part of this 2-part series is on Jenny Lind (in Turkish).

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Zeynep Altar ile bir Söyleşi (An interview with Zeynep Altar)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 21 (Special Republic Commemorative Edition), October 2013, pp. 6-11.

Zeynep Altar (b. 1909) is a student of a student of Franz Liszt, F. Della Sudda. Alongside her husband, the cultural icon, scholar, educator Cevat Memduh Altar (1902-1995), she has been a pillar of art in the cultural circles in Turkey, starting in the early days of the Turkish Republic. This in depth interview was conducted at her house in Göztepe, İstanbul in the summer of 2011, at which time she was well over 101 years of age. Zeynep Altar can be heard playing playing Franz Liszt, Consolation No. 3 here. At the time of this amazing video recording, she was 101 years old (in Turkish).

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Fiyorttaki Alımlı Buzdağı: Yeni Oslo Opera Evi (The Iceberg on the Fjord: The New Oslo Opera House.)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 19/20, September 2013, pp. 8-15.

On the new Opera House of the city of Oslo which was inaugurated in 2008. This "Iceberg on the Fjord" has a stunning architecture and reflects the tremendous investment of Norway to the arts and culture: opera, ballet, orchestral music, children's and avant-garde events (in Turkish).

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Yaşayan Efsane Sequeira Costa, Liszt'in Son Öğrencisinin Son Öğrencisi  (Living Legend Sequeira Costa, Last Pupil of Liszt's Last Pupil)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 18, May 2013,  special supplement.

Translation for an AKOB special supplement on the last pupil of Liszt's last pupil, the legendary pianist, gentle genious Sequeira Costa, eminent Portuguese performer and teacher. Including "A Lifetime Achievement, Sequeira Costa Records the Beethoven 32 Sonatas" by Bill Newman, with a detailed discussion of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas (in English & Turkish).

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Kraliçe Victoria’nın bir Saatlik Eşlikçisi; Felix Mendelssohn Buckingham Sarayı’nda (Queen Victoria’s Accompanist for an Hour; Felix Mendelsshon in the Buckingham Palace)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 17, February 2013, pp. 40-44.

Felix Mendelssohn visited the Buckingham palace twice in  the summer of 1842. In his first visit he performed on the piano for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and in the second visit he played the piano and the organ, and also accompanied Victoria in her living room - the Queen singing his sister Fanny's and his own songs (in Turkish).

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Beethoven’in Türk Tattoo’ları (Beethoven's Turkish Tattoos “Zapfenstreiche für Türkische Musik”)  
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 8, January 2013, pp. 56-59.


Among Beethoven's output we find
six marches for military band. Of the six, three are labeled as "Tattoos," or as Beethoven refers to them in his letter to publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig "Zapfenstreiche für Türkische Musik”. These three are F major (WoO 18), F major (WoO 19) and C major (WoO 20). (in Turkish).

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Verdi’nin “Yeniden Diriltilemiyecek Kadar Ölü” Operası I Due Foscari Los Angeles Opera’da Dirildi (Verdi's “Dead Beyond Revival” opera I Due Foscari Comes to Life in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 16, November 2012, pp. 6-14.

Verdi's sixth opera I Due Foscari was his second collaboration with the librettist Piave following the success of Ernani. It premiered in Rome in 1844. Based on Byron's play of 1821, it tells the power struggle among the Consiglio dei Dieci, the old Duke, and his problem son. This article tells the story of the two historical Foscari, details of the libretto and the music, and the 2012-13 season LA opera production starring Plácido Domingo in another Verdi bariton role (in Turkish).

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Lirik Tenor Bülent Bezdüz ile bir Söyleşi ve Donizetti'nin Lucrezia Borgia'sı (An Interview with the Lyric Tenor Bülent Bezdüz and on Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 6, October 2012, pp. 36-41.

An interview with the Turkish lyric tenor Bülent Bezdüz conducted in Göteborg in March 2012. Bezdüz sang Gennaro in the Göteborg Opera's 2011-12 season production of Lucrezia Borgia. The interview is followed by a look at this production of the Lucrezia, as well as the story of Donizetti's dramatic opera and the history of the real Borgia family (in Turkish) .

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Kent Nagano ile bir Söyleşi (An Interview with Kent Nagano)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 14-15, September 2012, pp. 4-13.


An in depth interview with Maestro Kent Nagano. This interview took place in Gothenburg, Sweden
in April 2012, where Nagano conducted the Gothenburg Symphony and Chorus with an international cast in a concertante version of Wagner's Götterdammerung (in English & Turkish)

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Müzisyen Strausslar ve Osmanlı Hanedanı (Musical Strausses and the Ottoman Dynasty)
Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık, ISBN: 978-975-08-2336-7, September 2012, 288 pages.

This book relates the stories and provides the facsimiles of works dedicated to the Sultans and other high ranking dignitaries of the Ottoman Empire by various Strausses: Johann Strauss (I) and (II), Eduard Strauss, Isaac Strauss; and also Josef Lanner. "19. yüzyılın vals kralları Viyanalı Baba Johann Strauss, oğul Johann Strauss ile kardeşleri Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss ve bu aileyle hiçbir bağı olmayan Fransız vals bestecisi Isaac Strauss... aynı soyadını taşıyan bu beş bestecinin Osmanlı hanedanıyla müzikal ilişkisi anlatılıyor." (in Turkish).

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Zeffirelli'nin Aida'sı 49 Yıl Sonra La Scala'da (Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala after 49 Years)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 13, April 2012, pp. 16-18.

Franco Zeffirelli's Aida, came back to La Scala 49 years after its debut, Lila De Nobili's costumes rolled out of storage to create the golden age of Egypt. On the second night on February 16, 2012, Aida was the Ukranian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, Amneris was Luciana D’Intino and Radames was Stuart Neill. The orchestra was conducted by Omer Meir Wellber (in Turkish).

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Obituary of J. Grady Hobson
RC Quarterly, Issue 42, Spring-Summer 2012, pp. 80.


The Robert College community lost one of its beloved teachers in November 2011.
James Grady Hobson passed away peacefully at his home in Selma California at the age of 85. It is safe to say that no one who knew him, was his student, or worked with him will ever forget him (in English).

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Letonya, Riga Wagner Salonu (Latvia, Riga's Wagner Hall)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 12, February 2012, pp. 26-31.

Young Richard Wagner lived in Riga during 1837-39 as the city's music director, before he had to skip town with his wife and Terranova dog. The beginning of Rienzi was composed here. The old Stadtteater where he worked is now known as Wagner Hall (Vāgnera zāle). Many celebrities performed there in the 1840's, among them Franz Liszt, Clara Wieck-Schumann, Anton Rubinstein and Hector Berlioz (in Turkish).

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İsveç'te Göteborg Şehrinin Opera Evi (Göteborg's Opera House)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 10, September 2011, pp. 8-12.

Göteborg is the second largest city in Sweden. Its new opera house was completed in 1994 after almost 70 years of local bickering. Resembling a ship on the town's harbor, it has over 1100 rooms and the largest stage of any opera house in Europe. Göteborgs Operan is home to the Göteborg opera and ballet companies (in Turkish).

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Kraliçe Victoria'nin Taç Giyme Töreni ve Fethi Ahmed Paşa (Queen Victoria's Coronation and Fethi Ahmed Paşa)
Toplumsal Tarih,
No. 211, July 2011, pp. 68-72.

Dignitaries from all around the world converged to London for the coronation of young Queen Victoria on June 28, 1838. The appointed Ottoman representative was
Fethi Ahmet Paşa (1801 - 1858),an influential Ottoman and the son-in-law of Sultan Mahmud II. Contrary to many sources, he never made it to London in time for the coronation, arriving almost a month later. The Porte was in fact represented by the then Ambassador Sarim Ibrahim Paşa (in Turkish).

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Donizetti Kraliçeleri ve Leyla Gencer (Donizetti's Queens and Leyla Gencer)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 8, May 2011, pp. 38-42.

This article is on the Donizetti's English queens
and the Turkish soprano "La Diva Turca" Leyla Gencer who was the main exponent of the Donizetti renaissance of the 20th century. The first part is a short article on the historical Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elizabeth I. The second part is a translation of Gencer's own views on the interpretation of the Donizetti queens, taken from her lecture-recital in Trieste in 1982 (in Turkish).

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Daniel Catán Artık Aramızda Değil  (Daniel Catán is no longer with us)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 8, May 2011, pp. 26-27.


Reflections on
the personality, friendship and the legacy of composer Daniel Catán who sadly passed away in April 2011 (in English & Turkish).

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Il Turco Los Angeles'te (Il Turco in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 7, March 2011, pp. 12-18.
Rossini was 22 and living in Milan when he composed Il Turco in Italia. He was in the audience in the August 14, 1814 premiere at La Scala. Shortly before he had presented to the Milanese an enormously successful L'Italiana in Algeri. Il Turco is not simply a farce like L'Italiana in Algeri. LA Opera's debut production of Il Turco took place on February 19, 2011 starring the brilliant Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze as Fiorilla and the Italian bass-baritone Simone Alberghini as the Turkish prince Selim (in English & Turkish).

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Daniel Catán'ın Il Postino operası: Bir Aşk Öyküsünün Yeniden Doğuşu (Daniel Catán’s Il Postino: A Love Story Retold)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 6, January 2011, pp. 6-11.

A review of composer-librettist Daniel Cat
án’s new opera Il Postino. September 23, 2010 saw the premiere Il Postino in Los Angeles starring tenor Plácido Domingo as Pablo Neruda. Tenor Charles Castronovo sang Mario and soprano Amanda Squitieri starred as Beatrice. "... akin to a Verdi or a Puccini work, an understandable opera with the humor of Skármeta’s story and the poetry of Neruda himself." (in English & Turkish).

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"Sultan Victoria" için Türk Valsi (A Turkish Waltz for Queen Victoria)
NTV Tarih Dergisi, No. 23, December 2010, pp. 62-64.

Johann Strauss I composed a number of well known works for the occasion of Queen Victoria's coronation ceremony in London in June 1838, among them Huldigung der Königin Victoria von Grossbritannien. There appear to be two uncatalogued works from the same period by the elder Strauss titled Sultan's Waltz and Turkish Waltz. The piano scores of these two waltzes were published in "Strauss' Much Admired Waltzes" by the John Cole company in Baltimore, and in "The Coronation Waltzes" by Hewitt & Jacques in New York, respectively (in Turkish).

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Daniel Catán - Çağdaş bir Opera Bestecisi (Daniel Catán - Opera Composer Extraordinaire)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 4, September 2010, pp. 16-26.
An in depth interview with Daniel Catán, the composer of the Spanish language operas "La hija de Rappaccini," "Florencia en el Amazonas," "Salsipuedes, A Tale of Love, War and Anchovies," and more recently "Il Postino." Interview in June 2010 in Santa Clarita, California (in English & Turkish).

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Strauss ve Lanner'in Fethi Ahmet Paşa'ya İthaf Ettiği Valsler (Waltzes Dedicated to Fethi Ahmet Paşa by Strauss and Lanner)
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 118, September 2010, pp. 14-24.

It is interesting that Fathers of the Waltz Strauss and Lanner both chose to dedicate works to Fethi Ahmet Paşa (1801-1858), who was an influential Ottoman and the son-in-law of Sultan Mahmud II. In Vienna, Johann Strauss I played at his residence and dedicated his Ball-Racketen Walzer (Op. 96) to him. Later, when the Paşa was the Ottoman Ambassador to Paris, Joseph Lanner also dedicated a waltz to him: Die Osmanen (Op. 146) (in Turkish).

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Müzikte bir Oryantalizm örneği: François Couperin’in Sultana’sı (An Orientalist work: François Couperin’s La Sultanne)
Toplumsal Tarih,
No. 201, September 2010, pp. 80-85.

An inventory of the belongings of François Couperin after his death in 1733 revealed a number of items of interest to the orientalist: books on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the history of Turks for example. This article is a study of Couperin's Trio Sonata titled La Sultanne, which is from his mature period and is unique in that it incorporates an independent bass part (in Turkish).

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Dünya Sahnelerinden: Los Angeles Yüzük Festivali ve Wagner'in Das Rheingold (Ren Altını) Operası (From the World Stage: LA Ring Festival and Wagner's Das Rheingold)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 3, July 2010, pp. 3-5.


On the Los Angeles Ring Festival and a review of the June 2010 performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold by the Los Angeles Opera
(in Turkish).

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Dünya Sahnelerinden: Timurlenk (Tamerlano) Operası Los Angeles'te (From the World Stage: Tamerlano in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 1, January 2010, pp. 4-6.


A review of the November 2009 performance of Handel's opera Tamerlano by the Los Angeles Opera, featuring Placido Domingo as the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid
(in Turkish).

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The Liszt-Listmann Incident
Studia Musicologica 49/3–4, 2008, pp. 1–19,
Final published version DOI: 10.1556/SMus.49.2008.3-4.1.

Before ending his performance career by concerts in Odessa and Elizabethgrad in 1847, Franz Liszt visited Istanbul, gave a number of public concerts and performed twice for Sultan Abdul-Medgid in the Tcheragan Palace. A widely reported incident in relation to this trip concerns an impostor named Listmann, who supposedly passed himself off as Liszt in Istanbul and who received valuable presents from the Sultan under this pretext. According to some accounts Listmann almost caused Liszt to be arrested upon his arrival. The purpose of this work is to present historical data on this folkloric Liszt-Listmann tale. We present primary sources that show that Herr Listmann of the Liszt-Listmann incident was in fact a German Tonkünstler and a man of letters named Eduard Litzmann who toured Spain and the orient, and who was apparently a pretty competent pianist (in English).

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Doğu Masalları: Johann Strauss'un Sultan II. Abdülhamid'e İthafen Yazdığı Vals (Märchen aus dem Orient: The Waltz Johann Strauss Composed for Sultan Abdülhamid II)
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 108, Fall 2008, pp. 12-25.

The waltz Märchen aus dem Orient, Opus 444 of Johann Strauss (II), was composed in 1892 in Bad Ischl, and dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan of the time, Abdülhamid II. The premiere took place on November 27, 1892, conducted by Johann Strauss himself. Strauss was decorated with the Ottoman Mecidiye medal of class 3 for the work, belatedly in 1895. This relatively little known work is one of the gems of Strauss in which the Waltz King consciously sought to widen the form of the valse and transcend the limitations of dance music (in Turkish).

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An interpretation from a 1892 piano version, recorded by pianist Zeynep
Üçbaşaran can be found here: Johann Strauss, Opus 444 (mp3).
Sultan Abdülmecid ve J. Strauss (Sultan Abdül-Medjid and J. Strauss)
Musiki Mecmuası (Music Magazine, Special Issue), No. 474, March 2006, pp. 6-37 ( Özel Sayı).

This article is about the Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Medjid (Abdul-medgid) , and music dedicated to him by J. Strauss. Strauss sent this music to the Porte in May 1849 accompanied by a letter. There is a
folkloric belief fueled by music historians that the author of this music was Johann Strauss Jr., the infamous Waltz-King. Was it? How exactly do we know this? It is true that a number of piano works in the collection bear "J. Strauss" as the author of the works. But... there were quite a few musical Strausses at the time, not all of whom from Vienna. This article gives a comprehensive history of who this particular J. Strauss was, along with a detailed catalogue of his piano music presented to the Porte in 1849. The collection is now housed in the Istanbul University Library. A facsimile of the piece titled Constantinople, and dedicated to Abdul-Medjid by Strauss is included (in Turkish).

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E. Strauss'un Sultan Abdülaziz'e Ithaf Ettiği Beste (The Huldigunger Walzer composed by E. Strauss for the Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan)
Musiki Mecmuası (Music Magazine), No. 477, December 2006, pp. 2-17.
 

Eduard Strauss is the least popular of the Strauss brothers as a composer, although his fame as the conductor of the Strauss orchestra was
considerable. Johann Strauss Jr. would jokingly refer to himself as "Edi's brother". Eduard's Huldigungen Walzer, Op. 88 was written for the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan and published by C. A. Spina in 1872. A facsimile of the piano version of the work is included
(in Turkish).  

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E. Strauss'dan Sultan Abdülaziz'e bir Beste (The Composition from E. Strauss to Sultan Abdül-Aziz)
1453, Journal of Istanbul's Culture and Art, No. 3, January-February-March 2008, pp. 154-158.


Based on the Music Magazine
article (Music Magazine, No. 477, December 2006, pp. 2-17 on the Huldigungen Walzer, Op. 88 of Eduard Strauss, which was written for the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan and published by C. A. Spina in 1872 (in English & Turkish).

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Beauty and Truth
This is a short children's tale by Aziz Nesin. I translated it from Turkish for my daughter's 4-th grade GATE class. It is a beautiful introduction to Poetry. You are welcome to download it and use it for educational purposes.

Aziz Nesin (1915—1995) was a popular Turkish humorist and author of more than 100 books. His works have been translated into over thirty languages. In 1972, he founded the Nesin Foundation with the purpose of taking, each year, four poor children into the Foundation's home and providing every necessity until they complete their education. Aziz Nesin has donated to the Nesin Foundation his copyrights in their entirety for all his works. This story is from a book of stories for children published in 1985 (original title "Güzel ile Doğru").


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J. Grady Hobson
RC Quarterly, Issue 22, Spring-Summer 2003, pp. 46-48.



An interview with James Grady Hobson, who spent many years teaching at Robert College of Istanbul (in English).

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