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Yildiray Erdener

The Song Contests of Turkish Minstrels: Improvised Poetry Sung to Traditional Music

Author/Artist: Yildiray Erdener
ISBN: 0815312393
Publisher: Garland Pub

Milman Parry Studies in Oral Tradition

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A study of the world of competitive singing in the context of the Turkish coffee house. It investigates the ashik or minstrel and his relationship to music, poetry, and compositional strategies. One of the main focuses is the interaction between the ashik and the audience at a small coffee house in Kars, Turkey. The social milieu in which the song contest tradition has developed and flourished forms an important part of the study, as does the role of spontaneously composed poetry and the problem of how meaning is derived from social interaction during a song contest. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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