Pop Musical “from Yunus to Nazım”

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“Yunus Emre, was a Turkish Sufi-Poet that lived in Anatolia in the 13th century.  He belongs to the group of most important personalities of the Turkish-Muslim and Turkish-Sufician History of culture and literature, just like Mevlana, Hacı Bektaş Veli and Nasreddin Hoca.  (…) Although they lived among us over 7oo years ago, they were still able to deliver their messages until the present times.  Even in the 21st century, they still live on in the hearts of the Turkish community through their poems, thoughts, and stories based on love, peace, and tolerance. (…) Yunus Emre, Mevlan and Haci Bektas played a huge part in preserving their language, religion and rights throughout the Osmanian Kingdom. One can say that the glue that held peace together in this region was Mevelans word: “No matter what you are, come along” and the calling of Yunus: “ Let us all learn about one another”. We believe that their belief in their thoughts being able to realize love, peace, and brotherhood played a main part in giving direction when their callings and words were heard by the people. (…) There have been many poets over the years that wrote poetry in the style of Yunus, but even today every Turk knows at least one poem by Yunus. “In every minuet we are reborn, who is to get bored by us?” is his calling to our people and even the entire world,  for over 700 years. (…)”     (Source: Professorin Dr. Gülgün Yazıcı out of the book “Die islamischen Wissenschaften aus Sicht muslimischer Theologen”)

Nazım Hikmet was born in 1902 in Thessaloniki as the son of a Diplomat of the foreign ministry. (…) Most of his childhood, he grew up in Aleppo and later in Diyarbakir by his grandfather who was Governor of the Sultan. His family gave his intelligence lots of nurturing which he used to write his first poem at the age of 11 (Cry of the Homeland).  He studied Sociology and Short Stories at the Communistic University of the working people of the East and therefore continuously was forbidden to publicize his work and was imprisoned.  All the political hardships he faced could not stop his artistic productivity until his death.  Nazım Hikmet was able to mold Turkish literature despite being followed by the state, exile and not being able to publicize his work. A major part in this played the fact, that he took the old Osmania verse form and combined it with a broader and more modern form (mainly Russian). In this new verse form, he expresses his solidarity with the simple people of his homeland while still demonstrating a rejection against the romantic side of the orient. (Source: Wikipedia)

YunustanNazima_Flyer_19920525The pop musical “From Yunus to Nazım” underlies the same theme and goal as do the cantata in the same name and the Chamber music opera ”Saw Hands that bundled Roses in Dark Soil”. The difference between the three lies in the fact that the cantata is like a concert and the chamber music opera a reduced version of everything.  The musical combines the overwhelming orchestral sounds with an amazing scenic performance, dance and a huge dimension of everything on stage.  This way, the music develops its own amazing symbiosis for eyes and ears.

Info:

Composer-Solo Artist: Hasan Yükselir
Director: Prof. Dr. Nurhan Karadağ
Production Coordinator: Asuman Erbay
Lyric: Belgin Kardeşler
Orchestra: Staatssymponieorchester Ankara
Choreography: Mustafa Sekmen
Conductor: Kemal Günüç
Dance: HOY-TUR
Choir: Yunus Korosu
Proctorate: Murat Karayalçın (Major of Ankara)

To view concert video: Yunus’tan Nazım’a Müzikal 

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