Half Day Special Tour - Depart
All Year Long Except Mondays
& Tuesdays !
Welcome to the world
of Ottoman military ! Here you will see & learn more about the
Mehteran ( Ottoman military Band ) & the Ottoman military. You
also will have a change to watch the Military Band Live!!
Ottoman military bands are the oldest variety of
military marching band in the world. In modern Turkish, the band as
a whole is often termed mehter takımı. Today, the music of the
mehters is largely ceremonial.
It is believed that the first "mehter" was sent to Osman
Gazi by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin III as a present along with a
letter that salutes the newly formed state. From then on every day
after the afternoon prayer; "mehter" played for the
Ottoman ruler. The notion of a military marching band, such as those
in use even today, began to be borrowed from the Ottoman Empire in
the 16th century. The sound associated with the mehterân also
exercised an influence on European classical music, with composers
such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van
Beethoven all writing compositions inspired by or designed to
imitate the music of the mehters.
The standard instruments employed by a mehterân are the kös
(a large bass drum resembling the timpani), the nakare (a small
kettledrum), the davul (a frame drum), the zil (cymbals), the kaba
zurna (a bass variety of the zurna), the boru (a kind of trumpet),
and the cevgen (a kind of stick bearing small concealed bells). The
different varieties of bands are classed according to the number of
instruments and musicians employed: either six-layered (altı katlı),
seven-layered (yedi katlı), or nine-layered (dokuz katlı).
The costumes worn by the
mehterân, despite wide variance in color and style, are always very
colourful, often including high ribbed hats which are flared at the
top and long robes wrapped in colourful silks.
The sound of the Ottoman military band is characterized by an often
shrill sound combining bass drums, horns (boru), bells, the triangle
and cymbals (zil), among others. It is still played at state,
military and tourist functions in modern Turkey by the Mehter Band
and the troops that accompany.
Mehterân usually play classical Turkish music such as peşrev,
semai, nakış, cengiharbi, murabba and kalenderi. Most of the music
played by mehterân is Turkish Folk Music with heroic themes from
the Ottoman frontiers. Melodies and lyrics are written in Mehterhane
(the house of Mehter).
About The Tour :
This is a special interest tour. Meeting time is 13:00
in our Gallery in Sultanahmet. first our guide gives you a speech
about the Military Bands & ottoman Army. After that we start our
Tour. We first go to the military museum & after the visit go to
the Mehteran music concert between 15:00 - 16:00. After the tour we
bring you back to Sultanahmet.
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More information regarding the Ottoman Military - Jannisary -
Mehteran - Music etc.
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