About the Traditional Musical Instruments of the Mehter Military Orchestra

The article examines the issue of typological definition and classification of the musical instruments of the Turkish Mehter military ethnic orchestra. On the basis of a musicological and culturological analysis of the orchestra's instrumental make-up a general description of the instruments is given and their position in traditional Turkish culture is determined. The results of this study reveal that the Turkish orchestra contains aerophones, membranophones and idiophones, but does not contain chordophones. The instruments of this orchestra reflect the sounding of the natural cosmos of the Turkic nomad: the aerophones symbolize the aerial element which he inhabits, the idiophones represent the sun and fire, with the aid of which the nomad's weapons are forged, while the membranophones depict water, from which, according to the Turkish legend, music originated.

Journal Problemy Muzykal'noj Nauki
Year 2016
Issue 1
Pages 27-32

Gorbunova, Marina Y. (2016) About the Traditional Musical Instruments of the Mehter Military Orchestra. In: Problemy Muzykal'noj Nauki: Music Scholarship, No. 1, pp. 27-32. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/536050/.


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