The Book of Science and Music

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Program: #10-18   Air Date: Apr 26, 2010

Note: Jordi Savall's exploration into Dimitrie Cantemir, son of the ruler of Moldavia, who came to Ottoman Istanbul as a young man of 20 in 1693, publishing a stunning exploration of the Sufi, Sephardic, and Armenian musical crossroads of the time.

ISTANBUL. Dimitrie Cantemir
“The Book of the Science of Music” and the Sephardic and Armenian musical traditions

Yair Dalal  oud
Driss El Maloumi oud
Pierre Hamon  ney & flûte
Dimitri Psonis  santur
Pedro Estevan  percussion
Jordi Savall  rebab, vielle et  lire d’archet

Kudsi Erguner  ney
Derya Türkan  Istanbul kemençe
Yurdal Tokcan  oud
Fahrettin Yark&Mac245;n percussion
Murat Salim Tokaç  tanbur
Hakan Güngör  kanun
Gaguik Mouradian  kemancha
Georgi Minassyan  duduk
Haïg Sarikouyomdjian  duduk et ney « Beloul »
Haroun Taboul  tanbur à archet 


  Following up on the huge success of Orient-Occident and Jerusalem, prepare yourself to cross borders. This new release is mainly based on 'The Book of Science of Music,' published in 1710 by the Moldavian prince Dimitrie Cantemir, after many years spent in Istanbul. This unique manuscript enables us to discover rare jewels of Turkish traditional music. Jordi Savall already included some of the pieces from this collection in his album Orient-Occident, but he decided to explore it further in order to reveal the magic of the incredible city of Istanbul. This city portrait wouldn't have been complete without selections from the fascinating Armenian and Sephardic repertoire that was also familiar in Istanbul during this time. Once again, Maestro Savall sheds new light on a Golden Age of cultural dialogue, with the help of Hesperion XXI and outstanding Turkish and Armenian guest musicians. The result is a 'Jordi Savall' experience that goes far beyond music. 

1. Taksim (Kanun, Vièle, Oud, Kemence et Tanbur) Improvisation    
2. Der mak?m-&Mac245; ‘Uzzâl u??le? Devr-i keb?r - Mss. Dimitri Cantemir (118) Anonym (ancien)   
3. Los Paxaricos (Isaac Levy I.59) – Maciço de Rosas (I.Levy III.41) Sépharade (Turquie)   
4. Taksim (Kanun) Improvisation   
5. Der mak?m-&Mac245; Muhayyer u??le? Muhammes (Mss. D.Cantemir 285) Kantemiro?lu   
6. Chant et Danse (2 Duduk et percussion) Tradition Arménienne   
7. Taksim (Oud) Improvisation   
8. Der mak?m-&Mac245; Hüseyn? Semâ’î (Mss. D.Cantemir 268) Baba Mest    
9. El amor yo no savia (I.Levy II.80) Sépharade (Esmirna) 
10. Taksim (Lira) Improvisation 
11. Der mak?m-&Mac245; ??ri Semâ’î (Mss. D.Cantemir 256) Anonyme (ancien)
12. Lamento: Ene Sarére (2 Duduk) Barde Ashot (Arménien) 
13. Madre de la gracia (I. Levy III.29) Sépharade (Turquie) 
14. Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur, Santur et Oud)  Improvisation 
15. Der mak?m-&Mac245; [Hüseyn?] u??le? Çenber (Mss. D.Cantemir 96) Edirne’li Ahmed 
16. Taksim & Makam «Esmkhetiet-Yis kou ghimeten-Tchim guichi» Barde Sayat Nova (Arménien) 
17. Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur et Oud) Improvisation 
18. Der mak?m-&Mac245; ‘Uzzâl u??le? Berevsan (Mss. D.Cantemir 148) ‘Alí H^äce (Ali Hoca) 
19. Venturoso Mançevo (I. Levy II.58) Sépharade (Esmirna) 
20. Taksim (Kemence, Kanun, Oud et Tanbur) Improvisation 
21. Der mak?m-&Mac245; Hüseyn? Sak?l-i A?a R&Mac245;?? (Mss. D. Cantemir 89) Anonyme (ancien)

Composer Info

Dimitrie Cantemir

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