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For many, Turkish folk instruments such as the tanbur (fretted, long-necked lute) kemenše (three-stringed violin), lavta (fretted ud), ud, and baglama, are as unfamiliar as the Turkish Classical music composer Mesut Cemil, born the son of an accomplished tanbur player in Istanbul in 1902. His first instrument was the kemenše, but what is most presented on these recordings are his performances on and compositions for the tanbur, which he took up after his father's death. Drawing from both Ottoman and indigenous repertoires to interpret and influence Turkey's national music, Cemil built his reputation as a stylistic innovator, beginning with the Cairo Eastern Music Congress (1932). Through his prominent Turkish radio career, he was a musical activist well-known for fostering performing ensembles that provided musical opportunities for other musicians, involved with reviving and interpreting classical pieces, and influencing the use of low-pitched instruments (e.g. cello) in concerts and ensembles.
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