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Quartet No.1 Op.27

Ahmed Adnan Saygun (b. 1907 - d. 1991)

Borusan Quartet

Borusan Quartet

Composer
Ahmed Adnan Saygun (b. 1907 - d. 1991)
Composition Year
1947
Work Movements
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
4. Grave - Allegro
Artists
Borusan Quartet (Esen Kıvrak, Olgu Kızılay [violins], Efdal Altun [viola], Cağ Ercağ, [cello])

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Saygun was born in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire and came of age just as the new Turkish Republic was being established. Like many national composers of that era he was an avid researcher of his country’s traditional folk music and he even took Bartók himself on a research tour in Anatolia in 1936. His legacy includes five operas, five symphonies, five concertos, four string quartets, an oratorio on the Sufi mystic Yunus Emre and many other works. Although Saygun’s quartets are steeped in the European heritage, his inclusion of ideas derived from Turkish folk music ensure his quartets stand out unmistakably when heard alongside other European works. 

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Quartet No.1 Op.27

Composer: Ahmed Adnan Saygun (b. 1907 - d. 1991)
Performance date: Friday 1st July 2016
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun (b. 1907 - d. 1991)
Work Title Quartet No.1 Op.27
Composition Year 1947
Work Movements 1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
4. Grave - Allegro
Artist(s) Borusan Quartet (Esen Kıvrak, Olgu Kızılay [violins], Efdal Altun [viola], Cağ Ercağ, [cello])
Performance Date Friday 1st July 2016
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Opening Concert
Duration 00:27:53
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Saygun was born in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire and came of age just as the new Turkish Republic was being established. Like many national composers of that era he was an avid researcher of his country’s traditional folk music and he even took Bartók himself on a research tour in Anatolia in 1936. His legacy includes five operas, five symphonies, five concertos, four string quartets, an oratorio on the Sufi mystic Yunus Emre and many other works. Although Saygun’s quartets are steeped in the European heritage, his inclusion of ideas derived from Turkish folk music ensure his quartets stand out unmistakably when heard alongside other European works.