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Musical contrasts in Istanbul in the 18th century – Ferah Trio

September 19, 2020, 2020 - 8:30 pm

At the end of the 17th century Istanbul becomes a center of musical creation, since a creative ferment of musicians with diverse national and cultural backgrounds takes place. New musical forms in composition are being developed. Sultan Murad IV, the Polish Ali Ufki and the Roman tabor player Aggelis are some of the most important composers of that era. Around 1700 the works of Osman Dede and Prince Dimitrie Cantemir stand out and both composers are developing individual musical notation systems.

The interaction of the palace musicians with the Mevlevi dervishes and the chanters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, lay the foundations for the development of a common musical style that today is understood as “classical”, both for the Ottoman Art musical tradition and for that of the Neo-Byzantine. Zaharya Hanende and Petros Peloponnesios are probably the best examples of this interaction.

The ensemble Ferah Trio, consisting of three skilled instrumentalists of tropical music, based both on historical written sources and on the melodies carried by the tradition, creates an imaginary musical path located to the wider area of Istanbul during the Baroque period, passing from the Sultan’s Court to the khanqah of the Dervish, and from the minaret of Muezzin to the lectern of Protopsaltes.

Ferah Trio

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, oud / voice
Achilleas Tigas, ney
Stefanos Agiopoulos, percussion



September 19, 2020
8:30 pm
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Athens Baroque Festival


Athens University History Museum
Tholou 5
Athens, 105 56 Greece
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