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Musical Iconography of Violin Through Folkloric Performance Practices and Traditional Music Repertoires: Folkloric Identities Attributed to Violin in 20th Century Music.,
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Burak Eker

Musical Iconography of Violin Through Folkloric Performance Practices and Traditional Music Repertoires: Folkloric Identities Attributed to Violin in 20th Century Music.

Research Paper – Sunday 26th September – 13:00-13:30 (CEST)

Burak Eker

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1984 in Trabzon. Eker started his musical education at the age of 11 by taking violin lessons. He completed the Black Sea Technical University Fatih Education Faculty Music Teaching Undergraduate Program in 2004. In 2008, he worked as an orchestra member in the Municipality Chamber Orchestra, which was established for the first time in Trabzon in 2006. During this time, he participated in many concerts as an orchestra member. With the Erasmus Scholarship he received in 2007, he studied at Eszterházy Karoly Föiskola in Eger, Hungary for a semester. During this period, he took part in the concerts of both the school orchestra and the Eger Symphony Orchestra. He worked as a music teacher in Istanbul between 2008-2010.
For a short time he studied with Esen Kıvrak and with Georgs Sarkisjans in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he went in 2010. He also worked as violin teacher at “Mosaik Kunst- und Kulturhaus” in Cologne. After returning home, he completed his military service in the Malatya 2nd Army Band Command. In 2015, he completed the Haliç University Master’s Program. He took advanced violin lessons from Prof. Dr. Saim Akçıl and wrote his master’s thesis titled “The Contribution of Scalesystem Method of Carl Flesch on Violin Technique and Examination of Developing Technique Methods Accordingly” under the supervision of Dr. Aslı Gidergi. In 2020, he completed the Yildiz Technical University Doctoral Program with a thesis titled “Musical Iconography of Violin Through Folkloric Performance Practices and Traditional Music Repertoires: Folkloric Identities Attributed to Violin in 20th Century Music” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hakkı Alper Maral. Eker, who also worked as a composer, recently took part in the project “Sounds and Voices II: Geräusch, Musik & Film von Dort und Hier” in Krefeld, both as a composer and a performer. He is currently working as a Violin Teacher at Çankırı Fine Arts High School in Turkey.

Musical Iconography of Violin Through Folkloric Performance Practices and Traditional Music Repertoires: Folkloric Identities Attributed to Violin in 20th Century Music.

This study aims to determine the folkloric material used in violin works composed in the 20th century, and how the material used is reflected on the instrument by comparing the violin’s traditional music repertoire. For this purpose, the use of folkloric material, the evaluation of the way it is reflected in the works, and the determination of the tonal evolution of the instrument in the said era is provided.
In line with the findings obtained, it was concluded that studies on folk music in countries where the “Nation-State” model was adopted developed similarly, and some of the characteristic features found in folk music were used/experienced in different regions, including distant geographies. It is seen that the violin, as an instrument played over a wide geographical area in terms of performance, gained its technical and discursive position with its behavioral patterns that were based on the grammar of classicism, especially in the Central European music traditions, and reinforced in the romantic period. In line with the folklorism movements in the 20th century, with the use of folk music elements in the compositions, it became popular in both classical and folk music, and it was valued as an instrument positioned on the common ground of musical expression. When the works of this period were examined, it was determined that the instrument depicted the characteristic qualities of folk music and the identity images parallel to them by reflecting certain characters in these oriented works, in addition to using technical indicators.