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ED20138

Say: Black Earth, Op. 8

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    • Composer: Fazıl Say
    • Instrumentation: Piano
    • ISMN: 979-000114655-5
    • Size: 9.1 x 11.9 inches
    • Pages: 12

    _Black Earth_ was inspired by _Kara Toprak_ , a popular song in Turkey. The composer of the song, Aşık Veysel (1891-1973), was one of the last great Turkish balladeers and the final link in a thousand-year tradition.

    Veysel went blind during childhood following an attack of smallpox. He subsequently began to learn to play the Saz, a Turkish lute, and to study poetry, initially for his own amusement. He made acquaintance with a variety of folk poets, and, after 1928, also travelled from village to village with his songs. Through the years, he became a cultural symbol of the Turkish Republic.

    In the song _Kara Toprak_ , Veysel describes loneliness and loss. All that remains is the _Black Earth_ , the colour of the landscape in his native town of Sivas.

    Fazıl Say imitates the sound of the Saz through his selection of a muted effect in the Introduction and Epilogue of Black Earth - a meditation on the themes of a ballad. in contrast, folklore, Romantic piano style and jazz are entwined in the central sections to form a large-scale outburst. Fazıl Say performs this works in both concerts of classical music and a jazz festivals: particularly in the folkloristic sections, he employs the improvisatory freedom which is inherent to both folk music and jazz.