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Teraneler (for String Trio)

from Works by Tolga Yayalar

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Terâneler consists of three short pieces.
The first one grew out of harmonizing a simple melody and the harmonies are mostly based on the various enharmonic genera of the Ancient Greek and Byzantine music.
The second piece is my homage to late Gyorgy Ligeti. Although it has a very Ligeti-esque character, the harmonic language owes maybe more to Wyschnegradsky than Ligeti. The third piece takes from where the first one has left, but this time adding some heterophony and polyphony to the texture.

The title refers to a type of poetry, which was originated by Omar Khayyam in 11th century Iran. It consists of four lines with an AABA rhyme scheme. However, in Turkish, which has borrowed many Persian words over the centuries, it takes a whole different meaning. It stands for something, which becomes tedious in result of over-repetition.

This piece is written for Gabriela, Wendy and Alexei and dedicated to them.


from Works, released May 1, 2009
Gabriela Diaz: Violin, Wendy Richman: Viola, Alexei Gonzales: Cello


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