Elgar in Turkey

The English Composer’s Visit to Istanbul and Izmir

By Dr Emre Aracı
Published by Pera Museum
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“Glorious sunrise, and the minarets of Stamboul began to come thro the mist - wonderful! wonderful!” wrote Sir Edward Elgar in his diary on the day he arrived in Istanbul on 25 September 1905. Over a century later, music historian Dr Emre Aracı traces this unique journey to Istanbul and Izmir with the aid of Elgar’s diary, where he finds Elgar at a recital in Therapia and rediscovers the composer in a solo piano piece aptly entitled ‘In Smyrna’.

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