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Fazil Say: Istanbul Symphony etc. from Naive

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« on: October 08, 2012, 09:04:26 pm »

Better known as a pianist, Fazil Say is also a composer who composes in an accesible style with popular and exotic influences. This upcoming 2-CD set from Naive will feature his "Istanbul Symphony" as well as his Concerto for Ney-flute "Hezarfen" Smiley.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 12:14:31 am »

Constantinople/Istanbul is a city that features prominently in my prep school World History class, and I use two pieces of pop music to teach about the city's changing names: "C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1928) and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople" by The Four Lads (1953) (which is a deliberate response to the Whiteman recording). The students love this and wind up singing the two catchy tunes for days.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 03:33:51 pm »

A four-hour video is available here:

We see the composer explaining things (in German), and performances of the above-mentioned concerto for funny vertical flute (I liked this unfamiliar music very much), the Universe Symphony and the Istanbul Symphony.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 10:06:19 pm »

Thanks very much, Sydney Smiley. By the way, the CD (and mp3 album) are now available on Amazon-one reviewer said that the first movement "Nostalgia" of the Istanbul Symphony was the most beautiful piece of music they had ever heard-well...I'll have to see about that Grin!
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