Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(11), pp. 2577 - 2585
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061123
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Three Turkish Composers and Their Paris Education Years

Sirin Akbulut Demirci *
Department of Music Education, Faculty of Education, Bursa Uludag University, Turkey


The first Turkish musicians who chose composing as a profession were called “The Turkish Five”. These composers, listed by their date of birth, were: Cemal Reşit Rey, Hasan Ferit Alnar, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmet Adnan Saygun and Necil Kazım Akses. These composers squeezed the 500 year music culture of Western music into 30-40 years and made important contributions to Turkish contemporary music. The Turkish five went abroad for education and brought their educational and musical culture heritage back to Turkey. Of Turkish Five, Cemal Reşit Rey, Ulvi Cemal Erkin and Ahmet Adnan Saygun studied in France. In this paper, the years that Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Cemal Reşit Rey and Ulvi Cemal Erkin spent in France were examined with a historical description, and an effort was made to reflect this period. The education they received with intercultural interaction and the contributions of this education to the Turkish Music culture were described.

Turkish Five, Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Cemal Reşit Rey, Paris, Education

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Sirin Akbulut Demirci . "Three Turkish Composers and Their Paris Education Years." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.11 (2018) 2577 - 2585. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061123.