ERKİN, U.C.: Köçekçe / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 2 (Buswell, Istanbul State Symphony, Kuchar)
Ulvi Cemal Erkin was one of the ‘Turkish Five’, contemporaries who established the foundations of twentieth-century Turkish music by combining Western forms with their own folk traditions. His most performed work is Köçekçe, a dance suite inspired by the traditional köçek dancers of his native country. The Violin Concerto employs a classical Western structure but also includes a taksim section in its final movement, typical of improvisatory Turkish violin music. The evocative Symphony No. 2 is the apex of Erkin’s symphonic works, its last movement consisting entirely of folk tunes he himself discovered.
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