POLYPHONIC CONSTRUCTION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF IKITELLI
İKİTELLİ İCRASINDA ÇOKSESLİ YAPILANMA

Author : Erdal ULUDAĞ - Sevilay ÇINAR
Number of pages : 471-479

Abstract

Ikitelli (two sittrings) has been preserved in the musical culture of the Teke Region and has been a part of the life of the nomads. It has over time evolved out of kolca kopuz, the ancestor of the stringed instruments in Turkish culture and has been used up to the present day. Ikitelli, which is widely used in and around the town of Kozağaç in the Çavdır district of Burdur province, is also known as the cura or Kozağaç cura in the region. It has a special place of importance in the performance of melodies that pertain to absence from home and offers a polyphonic form of performance depending on the tuning order and performance style. This study relies on a sample of homesick melody to examine the polyphonic structures that are formed in the performance of the Ikitelli. It has been observed that, throughout the course of the melody, frets on which long and short stays are made and the frets on the other strings contribute to the melody in a certain order to bring about a homophonic-polyphonic structure. In this context, the formation of chord progressions such as 1-4-5, which have a place in the Turkish polyphonic sound conception, have been observed. Also, this polyphonic structure has been seen to share common features with the system of quartal harmony -originally put forward by Kemal Ilerici.

Keywords

Teke Region, Ikitelli, Polyphony

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