Author(s): Can KARAHAN

Some specific qualities which can be defined as religious, worldly, traditional, local, instrumental, metrical and non-metrical, are often dealt with in the studies concerning Turkish folk music. These qualities cannot be described just as a reflection of the characteristics of folk music and it could be said that the silhouette that appears inside the relationships of these qualities is evocative of a matrushka. The tradition which shares the structures of Turkish folk music, such as semah, traditional music dance , deyish, folksong and bozlak, contains a lot of rationales available within itself to associate it with a matrushka, for which this seems indispensable for a metaphor. In this sense, it could be uttered that such facts as habit, knowledge, custom, procedure, morals, cultural heritage and behaviour, to which tradition dealt with in Turkish folk music in terms of its share with what is peculiar to the oral culture makes references carries out the same coherence and association over such concepts as kamish, unit, equal, continual, repetition, chronic, rule, regulation, law and court. Repetition, which can be described as a field of inetrsection between the tradition and cannon that does not make a reference to music-related contexts merely, invites Turkish folk music and culture within the context of this study.


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