The Turkic soundscape is both geographically huge and culturally diverse (twenty-eight countries, republics and districts extending from Eastern Europe through the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia). Although the Turkic peoples of the world can trace their linguistic and genetic ancestries to common sources, their extensive geographical dispersion and widely varying historical and political experiences have generated a range of different expressive music forms. In addition, the break-up of the Soviet Union and increasing globalization have resulted in the emergence of new viewpoints on classical and folk traditions, Turkic versions of globalized popular culture, and re-workings of folk and religious practices to fit new social needs. In line with the opening up of many Turkic regions in the post-Soviet era, awareness of scholarship from these regions has also increased. Consisting of twelve individual contributions that reflect the geographical breadth of the area under study, the collection addresses animist and Islamic religious songs; the historical development of Turkic musical instruments; ethnography and analysis of classical court music traditions; cross-cultural influences throughout the Turkic world; music and mass media; and popular music in traditional contexts. The result is a well-balanced survey of music in the Turkic-speaking world, representing folk, popular and classical traditions equally, as well as discussing how these traditions have changed in response to growing modernity and cosmopolitanism in Europe and Central Asia.

part I|57 pages

Cultural foundations in music of the twenty-first century

chapter 2|22 pages

The concept of makam-based melody and its problematic in musical analysis

ByOkan Murat Öztürk

chapter 4|15 pages

From popular tradition to pop diffusion

Jahrī zikr among teenagers in present-day Kazakhstan
ByGiovanni De Zorzi

part II|55 pages

Turkic music in popular culture and mass media

chapter 6|14 pages

Mass music in Kazakhstan

The phenomenon and its interpretation
ByGulnar Abdirakhman

part III|44 pages

Cross-cultural encounters in the Turkic-speaking world and beyond

chapter 8|20 pages

From the spiritual to the profane and back

Religious melodies and folksongs of Turkic peoples
ByJános Sipos

chapter 9|10 pages

The Circumpontic Lezginka dance as a cultural phenomenon

ByAlla Sokolova

chapter 10|12 pages

The impact of Turkic musical culture on the music of Bulgaria

ByTimothy Rice

part IV|56 pages

Turkic music and national identities

chapter 11|19 pages

Debating “national ownership” of musical instruments

The balalaika as a subject of ethnopolitical discourse
ByUlrich Morgenstern

chapter 12|18 pages

New music of the Crimean Tatars

History and current status
ByAbdullah Akat

chapter 13|17 pages

Ancient roots, modern nation-building

Kazakh spirituality and identity in the music of the Turan ensemble
ByMegan Rancier