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Dimitrie Cantemir

Lucie Skeaping profiles the life and work of scholar and musicologist Dimitrie Cantemir, who in 1710 compiled the Book of the Science of Music, charting 17th century Ottoman music.

Lucie Skeaping profiles the extraordinary life and work of the polyglot Dimitrie Cantemir. Born in Moldavia in 1673, he became one of the foremost intellectuals of Eastern Europe. Scholar, Orientalist, composer, theorist, historian, and fleetingly Prince of Moldavia, he also was a virtuoso played of the tanbur, a long-necked lute. In 1710 Cantemir compiled 'The Book of the Science of Music', a collection of about 355 compositions, 9 of which were by Cantemir himself. This collection charted the theory and forms of 17th century Ottoman music, and was written in a notation also devised by Cantemir. The music in the programme includes several works form this book, and traditional music from the Ottoman world during this time, including recordings by Hesperion XXI.

1 hour

Music Played

  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Vièle, Oud, Kemence & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anon.

    Der makam-I Uzzal usulas Devr-I kebir (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Traditional (Armenian)

    Chant et danse (2 duduk & percussion)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Tanbur taksimi

    Performer: Ihsan Ozgen, tanbur

    • GOLDEN HORN RECORDS.
    • GHP 019-2.
  • Traditional (Turkish)

    Los Paxaricos (Isaac Levy) – Maciço de Rosas

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • (Kantemiroglu) Dimitrie Cantemir

    Der makam-I Muhayyer usules Muhammes (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    Madre de al gracia (I. Levy)

    • TRADITIONAL (TURKISH).
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur, Santur & oud)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Edirme’li Ahmed

    Der Makam-I (Huseyni) usules Cenber (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Barde Ashot

    Lamento: Ene Sarére (2 duduk)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Dimitri Cantemir

    Bouselik Pishref

    Performers: Constantinople, Ensemble En Chordais, Imane Homsy (kanun)

    • ATMA.
    • ACD2 2316.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kemence, Kanun, Oud & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anonymous

    Der Makam Huseyni Sakil-I Aga Riza - from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Vièle, Oud, Kemence & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anon.

    Der makam-I Uzzal usulas Devr-I kebir (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Traditional (Armenian)

    Chant et danse (2 duduk & percussion)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Tanbur taksimi

    Performer: Ihsan Ozgen, tanbur

    • GOLDEN HORN RECORDS.
    • GHP 019-2.
  • Traditional (Turkish)

    Los Paxaricos (Isaac Levy) – Maciço de Rosas

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • (Kantemiroglu) Dimitrie Cantemir

    Der makam-I Muhayyer usules Muhammes (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Traditional (Turkish)

    Madre de al gracia (I. Levy)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur, Santur & oud)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Edirme’li Ahmed

    Der Makam-I (Huseyni) usules Cenber (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Barde Ashot

    Lamento: Ene Sarére (2 duduk)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Dimitri Cantemir

    Bouselik Pishref

    Performers: Constantinople, Ensemble En Chordais, Imane Homsy (kanun)

    • ATMA.
    • ACD2 2316.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kemence, Kanun, Oud & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anonymous

    Der Makam Huseyni Sakil-I Aga Riza - from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Vièle, Oud, Kemence & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anon.

    Der makam-I Uzzal usulas Devr-I kebir (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Traditional (Armenian)

    Chant et danse (2 duduk & percussion)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Tanbur taksimi

    Performer: Ihsan Ozgen, tanbur

    • GOLDEN HORN RECORDS.
    • GHP 019-2.
  • Traditional (Turkish)

    Los Paxaricos (Isaac Levy) – Maciço de Rosas

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • (Kantemiroglu) Dimitrie Cantemir

    Der makam-I Muhayyer usules Muhammes (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Traditional (Turkish)

    Madre de al gracia (I. Levy)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur, Santur & oud)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Edirme’li Ahmed

    Der Makam-I (Huseyni) usules Cenber (from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Barde Ashot

    Lamento: Ene Sarére (2 duduk)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Dimitri Cantemir

    Bouselik Pishref

    Performers: Constantinople, Ensemble En Chordais, Imane Homsy (kanun)

    • ATMA.
    • ACD2 2316.
  • MG Improvisation

    Taksim (Kemence, Kanun, Oud & Tanbur)

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.
  • Anonymous

    Der Makam Huseyni Sakil-I Aga Riza - from Mss Dimitrie Cantemir

    Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX.
    • AVSA 9870.

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