Kemence

Masters of Turkish Music series


Published by Kalan Müsik, double CD
£12.99 / $17.16 / 98.19 TL ($/TL approx)

Bülent Aksoy introduces Kalan’s haunting Kemençe anthology in their Master of Turkish Music series in the handsome accompanying book: ‘Kemençe is a much loved musical instrument of classical Ottoman-Turkish music, with its characteristic timbre, which is quite different from that of the Western violin… The pear-shaped kemençe is a three-stringed bowed instrument. It is a rather difficult instrument to play… The musiciian does not touch the strings with his fingers as on the violin, but places his fingers between the strings pressing on the strings with his finger nails….

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