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H 290 x W 205 mm

206 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Mar 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691696

Digital: 9781789691702

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Silk Road; tanbûr long-necked lutes; tanbûr tradition; tanbûr family

Tanbûr Long-Necked Lutes along the Silk Road and beyond

By Hans de Zeeuw

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This book is divided into two main parts: ‘The Tanbûr Tradition’ discusses the origin, history, construction and playing techniques of tanbûrs; ‘The Tanbûr Family’ focusses on long-necked lutes as a family of musical instruments. After a short introduction, the construction, playing technique, and musical traditions are discussed.



Preface and Acknowledgements ; The Tanbûr Tradition; General Introduction; Chapter 1: Historical background; Chapter 2: Construction; Chapter 3: Playing technique; Chapter 4: Tanbûr; Chapter 5: Dotâr; Chapter 6: Saz; Chapter 7: Setâr; Chapter 8: Dömbra; Chapter 9: Dambura; Glossary of Musical Instruments; Discography; Bibliography; Illustration Credits; Index

About the Author

HANS DE ZEEUW began to take bağlama lessons and became interested in its long and fascinating history while working at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and studying at the Open University. This led him to decide to break off his studies and focus, for many years, on research into the Turkish bağlama under the supervision of Dr L.J. Plenckers of the Department of Musicology of the University of Amsterdam and Dr Okan Murat Öztürk of the Devlet Konservatuvarı of the Başkent Üniversitesi in Ankara. In 2009 he published De Turkse Langhalsluit of bağlama (Turkish Long-Necked Lute or Bağlama) with the support of the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. His lecture to the Uluslararası Müzik Kongresi in Istanbul in 2006 was published in Türkiyede Müzik Kültürü in 2011. A short article about the Ottoman tanbûr, The Ottoman Tanbûr: Introducing the Long-Necked Lute of Ottoman Classical Music, followed in 2018 in Expedition, a magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthroplogy. He is planning an in-depth study about the Ottoman tanbûr for the near future.