Episode #3267

Istanbul, not Constantinople

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Listen to a tour of the eastern part of the Mediterranean on this New Sounds.  We'll journey through a thousand years of the music that resounded along the mighty Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey (not Constantinople) from the 14th/15th Century Greek chant to Crusader songs, Sufi Ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jwish songs, and more.

It’s all from an impressive collection of music, A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul featuring Boston-based musicians’ collective DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas.  Plus, we’ll hear from the like-minded record from Jordi Savall, “Jerusalem,” another important citiy that has experienced huge musical and cultural changes over the centuries.

PROGRAM # 3267,  Istanbul, Not Constantinople  (First aired on 11/07/2011)                                                        





Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) [ 2:35]

Elektra / Rhino 78139
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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas

A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul

Kyrie soson tous euseveis [1:20]

Buselik Aşiran peşrev, Anonymous, transcribed by Ali Ufki [2:27]

San pas sta ksena [2:52]

La Rosa enfloresse [1:29]

Dergah Senden [2:42]

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Various Artists: Stavros Pazarentizis

Master of the Clarinet

Salonica [3:31]

FM Records
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Various: Drum Freaks

Osjan Tree

Smyrna, excerpt [6:30]

Ferment Sp. Zo.o.  
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Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy

Enchanted Egypt

On The Road To Alexandria [3:37]

New World Music CD 557


Monty Python

The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python And The Holy Grail


Hand Grenade Of Antioch [2:00]

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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas

A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul

Kyrie eleison

See above.

Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy

Enchanted Egypt

From Memphis To Heliopolis, excerpt [1:30]

See above.

Hesperion XXI, led by Jordi Savall, with Al- Darwish & La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Jerusalem : La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix céleste et la Paix terrestre

Chant de l'exile (psaume 137, I-6) [3:30]

Terrestrial Peace Suite: (sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino, Greek, & more) [6:00]

Alia Vox AVSA 9863 A+B

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Comments [1]

Mike from Brooklyn


Byzantium was the name of the fortress town that Constantine rebuilt and called New Rome which became known as Constantinople which Constantine made a New Capitol of The Roman Empire.

The term Byzantine Empire was created by German historians in the 18 Century. The empire was indeed the eastern part of The Roman Empire and The Citizens of Constantinople were Roman Citizens and referred to themselves as such as did The Ottoman Turks who referred to the City and the territory it ruled as Rum.

I am a card carrying member of The Intellectual Ferment Group headed by Mike Seeger. LOL

Feb. 19 2013 11:39 PM

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