Ömer Eğecioğlu
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
omer@cs.ucsb.edu
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Various Publications:

Zaman İçinde bir Yolculuk: Drottningholm Saray Tiyatrosu (A Trip in Time: Drottningholm Court Theater)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 25, July  2014, pp. 6-11.

On the living history of the Drottningholm Court Theater near Stockholm, on the grounds of the Drottningholm Swedish Royal Palace. This theater was built in the second half of the 17th century, rebuilt after a fire in the 18th century, and then fell into disuse and was neglected until its 'redicovery' at the beginning of the 20th century (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 7
pages, 6.7MB)

Maeştri ai muzicii româneşti: Un catalog străin de la începutul secolului XX (Romanian music masters: an outsider’s catalogue of early 20th century)
Curtea de la Argeş, Revistă de cultură, No. 6 (43), June 2014, pp. 9,11.

A summary of the principal scholars of Romanian music as seen by the Turkish musicologist Mahmut Ragıp Gazimihal. From a book on the music of the Balkans by Gazimihal published in 1937 (in Romanian, translated by Prof. G. Păun. The English version can be accessed here).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 3
pages, 0.5MB)

Norveç Ulusal Operası Yönetmeni: Per Boye Hansen (Norwegian National Opera's Director: Per Boye Hansen)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 24, April 2014, pp. 12-17.

Per Boye Hansen was appointed the new director of the Norwegian National Opera (Den Norske Opera) by the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors out of an applicant pool of over 60. He took over this position in 2012. I talked to him in his modest office in the fantastic new opera house in Oslo (in English & Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 7
pages, 5.3MB)

Birkaç Hedefi Şaşmış Müzik Eleştirisi (A Few Misguided Music Criticisms)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 9, April 2014, pp. 60-62.

Examples of a few jewels of disparaging music criticisms by well-known music critics such as Hanslick on classical works dearly loved today. These include the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Bizet's Carmen, and Liszt's second piano concerto. Also, a few words about the famous poet Heine, who was not beneath asking for money for endorsements in his musical musings (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 3 pages, 4.2MB)

İsveç Bülbülleri: Jenny Lind ve Christina Nilsson: II. Bölüm (Swedish Nightingales: Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson. Part II: Christina Nilsson)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 23, February 2014, pp. 14-21.

Two of the greatest sopranos of the 19th century were Swedish: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Christina Nilsson (1843-1921). They were known as the Swedish Nightingales. In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Nilsson in Sweden and followed in the footsteps of her fairytale rise to fame and eventual retirement near her birthplace. The second  part of this 2-part series is on Christina Nilsson (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 9 pages, 12.2MB)

Franz Liszt: traveling virtuoso 1840-47.
Streaming video

During the years 1840-47, Liszt concertized all over Europe. In addition to a large number of concerts in Austria, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Hungary, he made two tours of England, played in Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, a number of cities in Bohemia, Riga, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Moscow, Bucharest and Ottoman Constantinople. He ended his career as a performance artist with his last concerts in Elisabethgrad in the summer of 1847. This video is an animated catalogue of the dates and the places of Liszt's performances of this time. (Click on the cover to go to the streaming video, 10:47 minutes. The bibliography can be found here. )

İsveç Bülbülleri: Jenny Lind ve Christina Nilsson: I. Bölüm (Swedish Nightingales: Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson. Part I: Jenny Lind)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 22, December 2013, pp. 36-41.

Not one, but two of the greatest sopranos of the 19th century were Swedish: Jenny Lind (1820-1887) and Christina Nilsson (1843-1921). First Lind, and then Nilsson was known as the Swedish Nightingale. The first part of this 2-part series is on Jenny Lind (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 7 pages, 9.8MB)

Zeynep Altar ile bir Söyleşi (An interview with Zeynep Altar)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 21 (Special Republic Commemorative Edition), October 2013, pp. 6-11.

Zeynep Altar (b. 1909) is a student of a student of Franz Liszt, F. Della Sudda. Alongside her husband, the cultural icon, scholar, educator Cevat Memduh Altar (1902-1995), she has been a pillar of art in the cultural circles in Turkey, starting in the early days of the Turkish Republic. This in depth interview was conducted at her house in Göztepe, İstanbul in the summer of 2011, at which time she was well over 101 years of age. Zeynep Altar can be heard playing playing Franz Liszt, Consolation No. 3 here. At the time of this amazing video recording, she was 101 years old (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 7 pages, 6.3MB)

Fiyorttaki Alımlı Buzdağı: Yeni Oslo Opera Evi (The Iceberg on the Fjord: The New Oslo Opera House.)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 19/20, September 2013, pp. 8-15.

On the new Opera House of the city of Oslo which was inaugurated in 2008. This "Iceberg on the Fjord" has a stunning architecture and reflects the tremendous investment of Norway to the arts and culture: opera, ballet, orchestral music, children's and avant-garde events. (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 8 pages, 9MB)

Yaşayan Efsane Sequeira Costa, Liszt'in Son Öğrencisinin Son Öğrencisi  (Living Legend Sequeira Costa, Last Pupil of Liszt's Last Pupil)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 18, May 2013,  special supplement.

Translation for an AKOB special supplement on  the last pupil of Liszt's last pupil, the legendary pianist, gentle genious Sequeira Costa, eminent Portuguese performer and teacher. Including "A Lifetime Achievement, Sequeira Costa Records the Beethoven 32 Sonatas" by Bill Newman, with a detailed discussion of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas (in English & Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 44 pages, 32MB)

Kraliçe Victoria’nın bir Saatlik Eşlikçisi; Felix Mendelssohn Buckingham Sarayı’nda (Queen Victoria’s Accompanist for an Hour; Felix Mendelsshon in the Buckingham Palace)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 17, February 2013, pp. 40-44.

Felix Mendelssohn visited the Buckingham palace twice in  the summer of 1842. In his first visit he performed on the piano for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and in the second visit he played the piano and the organ, and also accompanied Victoria in her living room - the Queen singing his sister Fanny's and his own songs (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 6 pages, 6.3MB)

Beethoven’in Türk Tattoo’ları (Beethoven's Turkish Tattoos “Zapfenstreiche für Türkische Musik”)  
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 8, January 2013, pp. 56-59.

Among Beethoven's output we find six marches for military band. Of the six, three are labeled as "Tattoos," or as Beethoven refers to them in his letter to publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig "Zapfenstreiche für Türkische Musik”. These three are F major (WoO 18), F major (WoO 19) and C major (WoO 20). (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 5 pages, 7.6MB)

Verdi’nin “Yeniden Diriltilemiyecek Kadar Ölü” Operası I Due Foscari Los Angeles Opera’da Dirildi (Verdi's Dead Beyond Revival opera I Due Foscari Comes to Life in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 16, November 2012, pp. 6-14.

Verdi's sixth opera I Due Foscari was his second collaboration with the librettist Piave following the success of Ernani. It premiered in Rome in 1844. Based on Byron's play of 1821, it tells the power struggle among the Consiglio dei Dieci, the old Duke, and his problem son. This article tells the story of the two historical Foscari, details of the libretto and the music, and the 2012-13 season LA opera production starring Plácido Domingo in another Verdi bariton role (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 10 pages, 11.1MB)

Lirik Tenor Bülent Bezdüz ile bir Söyleşi ve Donizetti'nin Lucrezia Borgia'sı (An Interview with the Lyric Tenor Bülent Bezdüz and on Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia)
OPUS Klasik Müzik Dergisi, No. 6, October 2012, pp. 36-41.

An interview with the Turkish lyric tenor Bülent Bezdüz conducted in Göteborg in March 2012. Bezdüz sang Gennaro in the Göteborg Opera's 2011-12 season production of Lucrezia Borgia. The interview is followed by a look at this production of the Lucrezia, as well as the story of Donizetti's dramatic opera and the history of the real Borgia family (in Turkish)
(Click on the cover to download PDF, 8 pages, 13.7MB)

Kent Nagano ile bir Söyleşi (An Interview with Kent Nagano)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 14-15, September 2012, pp. 4-13.

An in depth interview with Maestro Kent Nagano. This interview took place in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2012, where Nagano conducted the Gothenburg Symphony and Chorus with an international cast in a concertante version of Wagner's Götterdammerung (in English & Turkish) (Click on the cover to download PDF, 11 pages, 11.5MB)

Müzisyen Strausslar ve Osmanlı Hanedanı (Musical Strausses and the Ottoman Dynasty)
Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık, ISBN: 978-975-08-2336-7, September 2012, 288 pages.

This book relates the stories and provides the facsimiles of works dedicated to the Sultans and other high ranking dignitaries of the Ottoman Empire by various Strausses: Johann Strauss (I) and (II), Eduard Strauss, Isaac Strauss; and also Josef Lanner. "19. yüzyılın vals kralları Viyanalı Baba Johann Strauss, oğul Johann Strauss ile kardeşleri Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss ve bu aileyle hiçbir bağı olmayan Fransız vals bestecisi Isaac Strauss... aynı soyadını taşıyan bu beş bestecinin Osmanlı hanedanıyla müzikal ilişkisi anlatılıyor." (in Turkish).
(Click on the cover to for more information)

Zeffirelli'nin Aida'sı 49 Yıl Sonra La Scala'da (Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala after 49 Years)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 13, April 2012, pp. 16-18.

Franco Zeffirelli's Aida, came back to La Scala 49 years after its debut, Lila De Nobili's costumes rolled out of storage to create the golden age of Egypt. On the second night on February 16, 2012, Aida was the Ukranian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, Amneris was Luciana D’Intino and Radames was Stuart Neill. The orchestra was conducted by Omer Meir Wellber. (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 6 pages, 1.5MB)
Obituary of J. Grady Hobson
RC Quarterly, Issue 42, Spring-Summer 2012, pp. 80.
The Robert College community lost one of its beloved teachers in November 2011. James Grady Hobson passed away peacefully at his home in Selma California at the age of 85. It is safe to say that no one who knew him, was his student, or worked with him will ever forget him (in English). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 2 pages, 116KB)

Letonya, Riga Wagner Salonu (Latvia, Riga's Wagner Hall)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 12, February 2012, pp. 26-31.

Young Richard Wagner lived in Riga during 1837-39 as the city's music director, before he had to skip town with his wife and Terranova dog. The beginning of Rienzi was composed here. The old Stadtteater where he worked is now known as Wagner Hall (Vāgnera zāle). Many celebrities performed there in the 1840's, among them Franz Liszt, Clara Wieck-Schumann, Anton Rubinstein and Hector Berlioz (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 7 pages, 3.2MB)

İsveç'te Göteborg Şehrinin Opera Evi (Göteborg's Opera House)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültür-Sanat Dergisi, No. 10, September 2011, pp. 8-12.

Göteborg is the second largest city in Sweden. Its new opera house was completed in 1994 after almost 70 years of local bickering. Resembling a ship on the town's harbor, it has over 1100 rooms and the largest stage of any opera house in Europe. Göteborgs Operan is home to the Göteborg opera and ballet companies (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 6 pages, 2MB)
Kraliçe Victoria'nin Taç Giyme Töreni ve Fethi Ahmed Paşa (Queen Victoria's Coronation and Fethi Ahmed Paşa)
Toplumsal Tarih,
No. 211, July 2011, pp. 68-72.

Dignitaries from all around the world converged to London for the coronation of young Queen Victoria on June 28, 1838. The appointed Ottoman representative was
Fethi Ahmet Paşa (1801 - 1858),an influential Ottoman and the son-in-law of Sultan Mahmud II. Contrary to many sources, he never made it to London in time for the coronation, arriving almost a month later. The Porte was in fact represented by the then Ambassador Sarim Ibrahim Paşa (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 5 pages, 540KB)
Donizetti Kraliçeleri ve Leyla Gencer (Donizetti's Queens and Leyla Gencer)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 8, May 2011, pp. 38-42.

This article is on the Donizetti's English queens
and the Turkish soprano "La Diva Turca" Leyla Gencer who was the main exponent of the Donizetti renaissance of the 20th century. The first part is a short article on the historical Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elizabeth I. The second part is a translation of Gencer's own views on the interpretation of the Donizetti queens, taken from her lecture-recital in Trieste in 1982 (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 5 pages, 5.2MB)
Daniel Catán Artık Aramızda Değil  (Daniel Catán is no longer with us)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 8, May 2011, pp. 26-27.


Reflections on
the personality, friendship and the legacy of composer Daniel Catán who sadly passed away in April 2011 (in English & Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 2 pages, 2MB)
Il Turco Los Angeles'te (Il Turco in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 7, March 2011, pp. 12-18.
Rossini was 22 and living in Milan when he composed Il Turco in Italia. He was in the audience in the August 14, 1814 premiere at La Scala. Shortly before he had presented to the Milanese an enormously successful L'Italiana in Algeri. Il Turco is not simply a farce like L'Italiana in Algeri. LA Opera's debut production of Il Turco took place on February 19, 2011 starring the brilliant Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze as Fiorilla and the Italian bass-baritone Simone Alberghini as the Turkish prince Selim (in English & Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 8 pages, 4.7MB)
Daniel Catán'ın Il Postino operası: Bir Aşk Öyküsünün Yeniden Doğuşu (Daniel Catán’s Il Postino: A Love Story Retold)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 6, January 2011, pp. 6-11.

A review of composer-librettist Daniel Cat
án’s new opera Il Postino. September 23, 2010 saw the premiere Il Postino in Los Angeles starring tenor Plácido Domingo as Pablo Neruda. Tenor Charles Castronovo sang Mario and soprano Amanda Squitieri starred as Beatrice. "... akin to a Verdi or a Puccini work, an understandable opera with the humor of Skármeta’s story and the poetry of Neruda himself." (in English & Turkish).(Click on the cover to download PDF, 8 pages, 3.4MB)

"Sultan Victoria" için Türk Valsi (A Turkish Waltz for Queen Victoria)
NTV Tarih Dergisi, No. 23, December 2010, pp. 62-64.

Johann Strauss I composed a number of well known works for the occasion of Queen Victoria's coronation ceremony in London in June 1838, among them Huldigung der Königin Victoria von Grossbritannien. There appear to be two uncatalogued works from the same period by the elder Strauss titled Sultan's Waltz and Turkish Waltz. The piano scores of these two waltzes were published in "Strauss' Much Admired Waltzes" by the John Cole company in Baltimore, and in "The Coronation Waltzes" by Hewitt & Jacques in New York, respectively (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 4 pages, 6.6MB)
Daniel CatánÇağdaş  bir Opera Bestecisi (Daniel Catán - Opera Composer Extraordinaire)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 4, September 2010, pp. 16-26.
An in depth interview with Daniel Catán, the composer of the Spanish language operas "La hija de Rappaccini," "Florencia en el Amazonas," "Salsipuedes, A Tale of Love, War and Anchovies," and more recently "Il Postino." Interview in June 2010 in Santa Clarita, California (in English & Turkish).(Click on the cover to download PDF, 12 pages, 9.1MB)

Strauss ve Lanner'in Fethi Ahmet Paşa'ya İthaf Ettiği Valsler (Waltzes Dedicated to Fethi Ahmet Paşa by Strauss and Lanner)
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 118, September 2010, pp. 14-24.

It is interesting that Fathers of the Waltz Strauss and Lanner both chose to dedicate works to Fethi Ahmet Paşa (1801-1858), who was an influential Ottoman and the son-in-law of Sultan Mahmud II. In Vienna, Johann Strauss I played at his residence and dedicated his Ball-Racketen Walzer (Op. 96) to him. Later, when the Paşa was the Ottoman Ambassador to Paris, Joseph Lanner also dedicated a waltz to him: Die Osmanen (Op. 146) (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 11 pages, 5.9MB)
Müzikte bir Oryantalizm örneği: François Couperin’in Sultana’sı (An Orientalist work: François Couperin’s La Sultanne)
Toplumsal Tarih,
No. 201, September 2010, pp. 80-85.

An inventory of the belongings of François Couperin after his death in 1733 revealed a number of items of interest to the orientalist: books on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the history of Turks for example. This article is a study of Couperin's Trio Sonata titled La Sultanne, which is from his mature period and is unique in that it incorporates an independent bass part (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 6 pages, 854KB)
Dünya Sahnelerinden: Los Angeles Yüzük Festivali ve Wagner'in Das Rheingold (Ren Altını) Operası (From the World Stage: LA Ring Festival and Wagner's Das Rheingold)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 3, July 2010, pp. 3-5.

On the Los Angeles Ring Festival and a review of the June 2010 performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold by the Los Angeles Opera (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 5 pages, 540KB)
Dünya Sahnelerinden: Timurlenk (Tamerlano) Operası Los Angeles'te (From the World Stage: Tamerlano in Los Angeles)
AKOB, Akdeniz Opera ve Bale Kulübü Kültü
r-Sanat Dergisi, No. 1, January 2010, pp. 4-6.

A review of the November 2009 performance of Handel's opera Tamerlano by the Los Angeles Opera, featuring Placido Domingo as the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 4 pages, 3.5MB)
The Liszt-Listmann Incident
Studia Musicologica 49/3–4, 2008, pp. 1–19,
Final published version DOI: 10.1556/SMus.49.2008.3-4.1.

Before ending his performance career by concerts in Odessa and Elizabethgrad in 1847, Franz Liszt visited Istanbul, gave a number of public concerts and performed twice for Sultan Abdul-Medgid in the Tcheragan Palace. A widely reported incident in relation to this trip concerns an impostor named Listmann, who supposedly passed himself off as Liszt in Istanbul and who received valuable presents from the Sultan under this pretext. According to some accounts Listmann almost caused Liszt to be arrested upon his arrival. The purpose of this work is to present historical data on this folkloric Liszt-Listmann tale. We present primary sources that show that Herr Listmann of the Liszt-Listmann incident was in fact a German Tonkünstler and a man of letters named Eduard Litzmann who toured Spain and the orient, and who was apparently a pretty competent pianist (in English). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 20 pages, 854KB)

Doğu Masalları: Johann Strauss'un Sultan II. Abdülhamid'e İthafen Yazdığı Vals (Märchen aus dem Orient: The Waltz Johann Strauss Composed for Sultan Abdülhamid II)
Sanat Dünyamız, No. 108, Fall 2008, pp. 12-25.

The waltz Märchen aus dem Orient, Opus 444 of Johann Strauss (II), was composed in 1892 in Bad Ischl, and dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan of the time, Abdülhamid II. The premiere took place on November 27, 1892, conducted by Johann Strauss himself. Strauss was decorated with the Ottoman Mecidiye medal of class 3 for the work, belatedly in 1895. This relatively little known work is one of the gems of Strauss in which the Waltz King consciously sought to widen the form of the valse and transcend the limitations of dance music (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 15 pages, 8.4MB)

An interpretation from a 1892 piano version, recorded by pianist Zeynep
Üçbaşaran can be found here: Johann Strauss, Opus 444 (mp3).
Sultan Abdülmecid ve J. Strauss (Sultan Abdül-Medjid and J. Strauss)
Musiki Mecmuası (Music Magazine, Special Issue), No. 474, March 2006, pp. 6-37 ( Özel Sayı).

This article is about the Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Medjid (Abdul-medgid) , and music dedicated to him by J. Strauss. Strauss sent this music to the Porte in May 1849 accompanied by a letter. There is a
folkloric belief fueled by music historians that the author of this music was Johann Strauss Jr., the infamous Waltz-King. Was it? How exactly do we know this? It is true that a number of piano works in the collection bear "J. Strauss" as the author of the works. But... there were quite a few musical Strausses at the time, not all of whom from Vienna. This article gives a comprehensive history of who this particular J. Strauss was, along with a detailed catalogue of his piano music presented to the Porte in 1849. The collection is now housed in the Istanbul University Library. A facsimile of the piece titled Constantinople, and dedicated to Abdul-Medjid by Strauss is included (in Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 32 pages, 11.4MB)
E. Strauss'un Sultan Abdülaziz'e Ithaf Ettiği Beste (The Huldigunger Walzer composed by E. Strauss for the Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan)
Musiki Mecmuası (Music Magazine), No. 477, December 2006, pp. 2-17.
 
Eduard Strauss is the least popular of the Strauss brothers as a composer, although his fame as the conductor of the Strauss orchestra was considerable. Johann Strauss Jr. would jokingly refer to himself as "Edi's brother". Eduard's Huldigungen Walzer, Op. 88 was written for the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan and published by C. A. Spina in 1872. A facsimile of the piano version of the work is included (in Turkish).  (Click on the cover to download PDF, 15 pages, 11.5MB)
E. Strauss'dan Sultan Abdülaziz'e bir Beste (The Composition from E. Strauss to Sultan Abdül-Aziz)
1453, Journal of Istanbul's Culture and Art, No. 3, January-February-March 2008, pp. 154-158.


Based on the Music Magazine
article (Music Magazine, No. 477, December 2006, pp. 2-17 on the Huldigungen Walzer, Op. 88 of Eduard Strauss, which was written for the 32nd Ottoman Sultan Abdül-Aziz Khan and published by C. A. Spina in 1872 (in English & Turkish). (Click on the cover to download PDF, 6 pages, 1MB)
Beauty and Truth
This is a short children's tale by Aziz Nesin. I translated it from Turkish for my daughter's 4-th grade GATE class. It is a beautiful introduction to Poetry. You are welcome to download it and use it for educational purposes.

Aziz Nesin (1915—1995) was a popular Turkish humorist and author of more than 100 books. His works have been translated into over thirty languages. In 1972, he founded the Nesin Foundation with the purpose of taking, each year, four poor children into the Foundation's home and providing every necessity until they complete their education. Aziz Nesin has donated to the Nesin Foundation his copyrights in their entirety for all his works. This story is from a book of stories for children published in 1985 (original title "Güzel ile Doğru").
(Click on the photo to download PDF, 5 pages, 70KB)
J. Grady Hobson
RC Quarterly, Issue 22, Spring-Summer 2003, pp. 46-48.



An interview with James Grady Hobson, who spent many years teaching at Robert College of Istanbul (in English).(Click on the cover to download PDF, 3 pages, 190KB)






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