THE GREAT FOLK POET NEŞET ERTAŞ IN A THESIS
19 June 2017 Share

THE GREAT FOLK POET NEŞET ERTAŞ IN A THESIS

The prominent figure of the Turkish folk music Neşet Ertaş and the Bozlak music he represents have been discussed by Yaşar University’s graduate student Mehmet Kılınç in his master’s thesis. Writing his thesis about the classical guitar covers of the songs by Neşet Ertaş and the Bozlak music based on his researches, Kılınç also made arrangements on five folk songs of the Great Folk Poet for guitar. Mehmet Kılınç points out that his main goal is to introduce the Bozlak music, which is a treasure full of Anatolian elements, to a wider audience abroad through its cover versions performed with classical Western instruments, and thereby to make sure that it gets the value it deserves.

“I GREW UP WITH TURKISH FOLK MUSIC.”

Noting that he grew up with Neşet Ertaş’s folk songs as a child, Mehmet Kılınç added, “I was a classical guitar student at university.  During concerts organized in Turkey and abroad, I have performed numerous works by different Western music representatives with my guitar. However, I decided to focus on how Neşet Ertaş and the Bozlak culture could be adapted to Western music, and how we could introduce this culture to foreign countries. As part of these studies, I made arrangements on five of the folk songs of Neşet Ertaş, and made cover versions with classical guitar. For years, I have been dreaming about combining important musical elements of Anatolia with the classical Western music, which I have been studying since my childhood. Finally, I have realized my dream.”

 A TREASURE OF ANATOLIA

Noting that the Bozlak music was recognized as an Anatolian treasure years ago, Mehmet Kılınç also explained his main goal saying: “We have merged similar aspects of guitar and ‘baglama’ -a Turkish stringed musical instrument-, which are actually members of the same instrument family. This work showed that the Bozlak culture can be a part of the classical guitar repertoire. The goal here is to perform this music solo, as well as together with guitar assemblies. This has showed us that it is possible to process the Bozlak music and introduce it to a wider audience by way of merging it with classical guitar, one of the instruments of classical Western music.”