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H 245 x W 174 mm

168 pages

65 illustrations

Published Jun 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803271064

Digital: 9781803271071

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Ottoman; Tanbûr; Lute; Art; Music; Musical Instruments

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The Ottoman Tanbûr

The Long-Necked Lute of Ottoman Art Music

By Hans de Zeeuw

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Tanbûrs are long-necked lute-like instruments played in the art, Sûfî, and folk musical traditions along the Silk Road and beyond. This book provides a detailed study of the history of the tanbûr, its role in Ottoman music, construction and playing technique.



List of Figures ;

Preface and Acknowledgements ;

General Introduction ;

Chapter 1: The Turko-Persian Culture and Heritage ;
Introduction ;
The Rûm-Seljuq Turko-Persian Culture in Anatolia ;
The Tîmûrid Turko-Persian Art Music ;
The Safavids and Tîmûrid Turko-Persian Art Music ;
The Ottomans and Tîmûrid and Safavid Turko-Persian Art Music ;
The Decline of Ottoman Turko-Persian Art Music ;

Chapter 2: The Rise of Ottoman Art Music and Ottoman Tanbûr ;
Introduction ;
The Origin of the Ottoman Tanbûr ;
The Ottoman Tanbûr in the 18th Century ;

Chapter 3: Negligence, Rejection, and Revival of Ottoman Art Music ;
Introduction ;
The Ottoman Tanbûr in the 19th and Early 20th Century ;
Ottoman Art Music and Ottoman Tanbûr and The Republic of Turkey ;

Chapter 4: Construction ;
Introduction ;
The Anatomy of the Ottoman Tanbûr ;
The Choice of Wood ;
The Drying of Wood ;
Construction Process ;
The Bowl, Neck, and Soundboard ;
Bridge, Nut, and Tailpiece ;
Frets, Strings, and Tuning ;
Ornamentation ;

Chapter 5: Playing Technique ;
Introduction ;
Playing Position ;
Left Hand Finger Technique ;
Right Hand Plectrum Technique ;
Execution Melody ;

Appendix 1: Ottoman Tanbûr - Charles Fonton ;

Appendix 2: Ottoman Tanbûr - Guillaume-André Villoteau ;

Appendix 3: Ottoman Tanbûr - Raûf Yektâ ;

Discography ;

Bibliography ;

Glossary ;

Illustration Credits ;


About the Author

Hans de Zeeuw began to take bağlama lessons and became interested in its long and fascinating history while working at the Free University in 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 saz or bağlama under the supervision of Dr Leo 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. His publications include Tanbûr Long-Necked Lutes along the Silk Road and beyond (2019, Archaeopress) and The Turkish Long-Necked Lute Saz or Bağlama (2020, Archaeopress), both supervised by Dr Saskia Willaert of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels.