Turkish Music Culture
Turkey’s cultural fabric is made up of a rich combination of diverse cultures
rooted deeply in history. By virtue of its geographical position, Turkey lies at
the axis of the cultures of the East, the West, the Middle Eastern, the
Mediterranean and Islam. Anatolia is one of the world’s oldest human habitats –
hosts of civilizations have called it home – and it enjoys a unique cultural
richness with its thousands of years of history. Anatolia’s cultural variety is
so rich that we can see great cultural differences even in areas geographically
quite close to each other.
This colorful portrait holds just as true for Turkey’s music.
We can categorize the types of music heard through the years of Anatolia’s
long history into three groups:
Modern Turkish Classical Music
Other Music Examples