A PARADOXICAL TENDENCY IN THE TURKISH MUSIC THEORY LITERATURE: QUEST FOR THE ESSENCE AND AUTHENTICITY

Abstract

Author(s): Süleyman Cabir ÇIPLAK, Songül KARAHASANO?LU

This study tries to put forward the tendency of “seeking a truth in the pre-modern era” as a recent trend in post-modern music theory literature in Turkish music by investigating and examining various written sources in order for support and attestation of the claim. Today, we are embracing decline of the ultra-modernist tendencies once had its spike in 1920’s and 1930’s Turkey. Hence, the intellectual atmosphere in Turkey is no more under the domination of these ultra-modernist ideas. The tendency we refer to is not a movement directed by a centre, in contrast, it is outcome of totally distinctive dynamics, tendencies, ideas and comprehensions. The main problem of the study is the claim of seeking a truth in the pre-modern which may seem a bit paradoxical and also contradicting to general tendencies in the postmodern era. The transformation in the epistemology, stems from the unique understanding and practice of Turkish “modern-ness” and the reason for why it has such a unique outcome also lies in the unique conditions of Turkey’s close social and cultural context. Furthermore, as a “science of an art”, the music theory lies in the intersection of these two areas and its written literature is open to any changes, paradigm shifts and tendencies in both fields.

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