Three Turkish Composers as an Example of Turkish Contemporary Piano Literature in Piano Education

Eda Nergiz, Şirin Akbulut Demirci


This study, for the sake of catching up with these developments, aiming to analyze the changes with samples from our country’s composers within the piano literature, one of the field of music literature, is a descriptive content analysis. Descriptive content analysis, one of the methods of qualitative research, have been used in the study and information about pieces has been supported with the findings obtained from the personal interviews with the composers. As a result of the research carried out, 69 chamber music pieces composed by three composers and solo piano pieces have been listed. Audio – visual data, information about movements – style and piece’s program notes belonging to eighteen solo piano pieces which were composed for solo piano after 2000 have been obtained. In the findings obtained in the end of this study, it is seen that the composers influenced by the movements, styles and techniques such as Turkish Five, Kemal İlerici Harmony, modality, tetrachords, triple harmony, pre baroque music, baroque period music, classical period music, romantic period music, jazz music, impressionist movement, polychords, atonality, chromatism, septet and nine – up chords, modality, tonality, contemporary piano techniques and instrumental musical theatre.  It is considered that data, which is thought to reflect contemporary music in Turkey, will contribute to the musicians who analyses and interpret the pieces of the literature of contemporary music education. As the findings obtained as a result of the research carried out are in limited number, it is recommended that this study be developed and broadened via various deeper researches.

Keywords: Piano, Turkish piano literature, contemporary Turkish composer.

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