World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Arabesque (Turkish music)

Article Id: WHEBN0001853066
Reproduction Date:

Title: Arabesque (Turkish music)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Middle Eastern music, Bergen (singer), Čalgija, Middle Eastern dance, Kanto (music)
Collection: 20Th-Century Music Genres, Middle Eastern Culture, Middle Eastern Music, Turkish Culture, Turkish Music, World Music Genres
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Arabesque (Turkish music)

Music of Turkey
General topics
Specific forms
Ethnic music
Turkish marches
Media and performance
Music awards
Music charts Billboard charts
Music festivals
Music media
Nationalistic and patriotic songs
National anthem Independence March
Regional music

Arabesque or Arabesk (Turkish: Arabesk) is a term created by Turkish musicologists for an Arabic style of music created in Turkey. The genre was particularly popular in Turkey in the decades from the 1960s through the 1990s. As with Arabic music itself, its aesthetics have evolved over the decades. Although melodies and rhythms are predominantly Byzantine and Arabic influenced, it also draws ideas from other aspects of Balkan and Middle Eastern music, including bağlama music and Ottoman forms of oriental music. Arabesque music are mostly in a minor key, typically in the Phrygian mode, and themes tend to focus on longing, melancholy, strife and love issues.


  • Description and history 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Description and history

A very small percentage of Arabesk is exclusively instrumental. For the great majority of it, a singer lies at the center of the music. Male singers dominated the genre in its early years, but female singers probably predominated during its peak years of popularity. Simultaneously with the influx of female singers, the sound grew more dancey and upbeat.[1] Orhan Gencebay is generally considered the founder of the genre (though he disagrees with the usage of the term). Other well known older singers are Müslüm Gürses, Ferdi Tayfur and Hakkı Bulut. One of the most prolific and commercially successful is İbrahim Tatlıses, who broke all sales records in Turkey in 1978 and continues to turn out popular music to this day. He has maintained popularity in the Arabesk scene in recent years through remixing his tracks into dance friendly club tracks. The pure Arabesk album "Acıların Kadını" by the singer Bergen was the bestselling album in Turkey in 1986 and may be fairly labelled one of the classic albums of the genre. Bergen had several other hit Arabesk albums during the 1980s. Other singers include Gülben Ergen, Ebru Gündeş, Seda Sayan, Sibel Can. The singers Muazzez Ersoy and Bülent Ersoy designate themselves as modern exponents of Ottoman classical music but much of their work can be labelled as Arabesk with softer beats, since the strings and vocal melodies sound Arabic—or arabesque.. Zerrin Özer also made arabesque albums between 1982 and 1988 and the most arabesque album was "Mutluluklar Dilerim" in 1984. Common theme in Arabesque songs is the highly embellished and agonizing depiction of love and yearning, along with unrequited love, grief and pain. This theme had undertones of class differences in early 1960-70s, during which most of the genre's followers -mostly working class to lower middle class- identified themselves with. Turkish composer Fazıl Say has repeatedly condemned and criticized Arabesque genre, equating the practice of listening to arabesque "tantamount to treason".

See also


  1. ^ "Turkish Music and Artists: Arabesque". Yildirim, Ali. Tarkan DeLuxe, 2006. Retrieved March 21, 2006. 

External links

  • "Bassturk, Muhabbet, Tarkan & Co. The German-Turkish Pop Scene". Bax, Daniel., 2006 (Translation from German: Nancy Joyce). Retrieved April 21, 2006. 
  • "Crossing The Bridge" (documentary film) on IMDb
  • "Arabic Music"
  • "The arabesk debate: music and musicians in modern Turkey" by Martin Stokes on Google Books
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.