After the First World War, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republic of Turkey and became its first president. He was a passionate reformer and set about realigning the new Turkey with Western democracy and culture.
Ahmed Adnan Saygun was the foremost of a group of young Turkish composers who were encouraged to study music in the West.
After the performance of his Opus 1 in Paris, one of his teachers advised him: “One can hear in your work the air of your native land. That is something you must always preserve.”
It was advice he followed unfailingly throughout his long career.
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Overture [Telarc CD-80544]
Saygun: Suite for Orchestra, Op.14, 1st mvt [CPO 777 043]
Saygun: Symphony No.1, 3rd mvt [CPO 999 819]
Saygun: From Anatolia, 1st mvt [Naxos 8.570746]
Saygun: Inci’s Book, Op.10, 1st mvt [Naxos 8.570746]
Saygun: String Quartet No.1, 3rd mvt [CPO 999 923]
Saygun: Yunus Emre, 7th mvt [Ankara State Opera A91-0001]
Saygun: Symphony No.1, 1st mvt [CPO 999 819]
Saygun: Symphony No.1, 4th mvt [CPO 999 819]
Saygun: Symphony No.3, 3rd mvt [CPO 999 968]
Saygun: Etudes on Aksak Rhythms, No.5 [Albany TROY 1168]
Saygun: Yunus Emre, Final Choral [Ankara State Opera A91-0001]