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Arabesque

Arabesque

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Published by: Kristina Sanders on May 22, 2013
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Arabesque

The Arabesque is termed by Turkish musicologists as “Arabic-style music created in Turkey,” and its form is defined as “a short piece of music featuring various melodic, contrapuntal, or harmonic decorations.” A very small portion of Arabesques are exclusively instrumental. Most of them include a singer at the center of the music. Male singers dominated the genre in its earlier years, but later on female singers outweighed the male singers during its peak years of popularity. Concurrently with the entry of female singers, the sound of the arabesque grew more “dancey” and upbeat. Around 1985, it was almost more popular than Turkish pop music. Orhan Gencebay is commonly considered the founder of this genre of music, and it is still a popular form of music in the Middle East today.

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