International Congress on "Musical Culture in Turkey throughout History and the Museum of Music"

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The Congress was organized by Bilkent University with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Republic in Istanbul, at the Harbiye Military Museum and the Cultural Center on May 29-31, 2006.

The purpose of the congress was to enrich the body of knowledge available in such a comprehensive field by offering an opportunity to analyze and discuss the subject in all its aspects as well as to provide information to the public in Turkey and throughout the world. This Congress was intended to launch a call for contributions with a view to bringing together academicians and scholars highly specialized in the fields of musical culture in Turkey and of museums of music.

In addition to the papers presented during the panel sessions, the congress also comprised a number of workshops, seminars as well as concerts meant to highlight the great diversity of the musical culture of Turkey.

Moderated by Dr. Feza Tansug, two sessions on the "Musical Ethnography of the Turkic Peoples" were held on May 30, on the second day of the congress between 16:00 and 18:30. They were the only sessions at the congress which devoted solely to Turkic musics. Various aspects of Turkic music were discussed in the sessions. Although there were only eight scholars participating in these sessions, other papers on Turkic music were also delivered at the other sessions of the congress. The presentations will be published by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in December 2007. In addition to the papers presented, Roza Amanova performed her beautiful komuz music from Kyrgyzstan between two sessions. …