The effect of the modernization process on the turkish music: Refik Talat Alpman example

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, İlahiyat Fakültesi, İslam Tarihi Ve Sanatları Böl., Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Muhammet Zinnur Kanık


The period in which the modernization process was experienced sharply was the 20th century. The artists who lived in this period were both trained in traditional methods and could not remain indifferent to the modern era, and sometimes changed their musical understanding by willingly and sometimes involuntarily. Although change and transformation is an inevitable phenomenon in art, it is known that many events in this period were constructed sociologically and politically. It should be examined what kind of reflection these external interventions have on the art world. For this reason, one of the ways to understand the feelings and thoughts of the artists and to be able to gain the status of their inner worlds in this process is to examine their compositions. In order to understand the effects of this process on the emotional world of the artists, it has been found appropriate to examine the life and works of Refik Talat Alpman, who lived and gave works in the process of modernization. The fact that the artist lived in the process of modernization and that her works are known and performed in various mediums today have been influential in our selection. As a result of researches and evaluations, a traditional and modernist structure is encountered in the works of Refik Talat Alpman. While composing his works in the form and structure of Traditional Turkish Music, there are many Western Music patterns and expressions in the melodies.