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Emre Aracı is a composer, musician, writer, and music historian. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, writing his thesis on the life and works of the famous 20th-century Turkish composer Adnan Saygun. Many of Dr Aracı’s CDs are available from the Cornucopia store.
With 19th-century Istanbul in thrall to the music of Italy, an extraordinary theatre was born, the creation of one rather ‘odd character’. Emre Aracı tells a tale of comedy and tragedy
At the end of March 2014, Leighton House in London hosted a recital by the famous Turkish violinist Cihat Aşkın. Chamber music concerts in this historic house began 114 years ago. Emre Aracı connects the colourful past of this magnificent building, where East and West unite, to the present, and in doing so he introduces readers to the London-based Turkish music lover Canan Maxton and ‘Talent Unlimited’, the charity which she founded.
When Sultan Abdülaziz embarked on his unprecendented state tour of Europe in 1867, no expense was spared in making him welcome. What most impressed him, it seems, were the musical extravaganzas: visits to the opera, glittering concerts and massed choirs trained to sing his praises in Turkish
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