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Fonotopia Episode #3: Music of the Ottoman Empire

From: Fonotopia Radio
Series: Fonotopia with Ian Nagoski
Length: 59:01

In this episode, Ian takes you from Mozart’s grandparents to the last days of the Turkish Pretty Boy Floyd. The Ottoman Empire was vast. Think of all the music. Read the full description.

Ep3cut2_small Three continents. Five hundred years. The Ottoman Empire was vast and astounding. So are its musical contributions. Lucky for us, the Empire lasted a couple decades past the advent of audio recording.

And lucky for us, Ian Nagoski is obsessed with the Ottoman Empire's musical legacy. In this episode, we start with Mozart's "Turkish March," then listen to everything from the court music of the elites to the poor man's rebel songs (including one celebrating the Turkish equivalent of Pretty Boy Floyd) to the lament of a widower who left the Greece-Turkey border to start two nightclubs around 40th St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan. Bouzoukis, fiddles, ouds, some of the best singing in the world, and the amazing stories of the musicians and cultures behind the music. Listen with us!

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Piece Description

Three continents. Five hundred years. The Ottoman Empire was vast and astounding. So are its musical contributions. Lucky for us, the Empire lasted a couple decades past the advent of audio recording.

And lucky for us, Ian Nagoski is obsessed with the Ottoman Empire's musical legacy. In this episode, we start with Mozart's "Turkish March," then listen to everything from the court music of the elites to the poor man's rebel songs (including one celebrating the Turkish equivalent of Pretty Boy Floyd) to the lament of a widower who left the Greece-Turkey border to start two nightclubs around 40th St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan. Bouzoukis, fiddles, ouds, some of the best singing in the world, and the amazing stories of the musicians and cultures behind the music. Listen with us!

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