Reconstructing the Ottoman Music Corpus: Interpretational Issues of Hampartsum Sources

04.02.2021, Tagung, Online

Reconstructing the Ottoman Music Corpus: Interpretational Issues of Hampartsum Sources, Online Panel of the OI Istanbul

Ottoman music sources written in Hampartsum notation during the nineteenth century feature different scribal usages of the notation system, which sometimes causes interpretational problems for an accurate critical edition of these sources. While the late nineteenth century sources represent a clearer usage of pitch signs and duration markers, the descriptive function of the notation in the early sources is restricted to a minimal usage of duration signs, various intonational distinctions of the pitch signs depending on the makâm, and divisional distribution of usûI patterns. While particular applications of the notation system reflect individual scribal characteristics, intertextual connections between these sources can also reveal particular lineages of textual transmission within the music tradition. This panel organized by the CMO project, in collaboration with the Orient-Institut Istanbul and Istanbul Technical University, mainly focuses on the Hampartsum manuscript no. 1537 located in the Istanbul Archeological Museums Library (TR-lam 1537). 

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