1001 Nights – Scheherazade and the Power of Storytelling. Berkin Ayan and Les Salonnières' workshop will explore ensemble arrangements of traditional Turkish music, followed by an entertaining interweaving of Scheherazade's stories with music from Ali Ufqi's collection, as well as Holzbauer, Johann and Carl Philipp Stamitz, and Wendling.
The frame story of 1001 Nights is a fascinating allegory for a strong, intelligent woman and the power of storytelling to outlast the cycle of life and death. In the early 18th century, the Orientalist Antoine Galland published his French edition of 1001 Nights, a mixture of texts collected during his travels in the Orient and while working for the French ambassador in Constantinople. He was a careful translator and advocate of genuine cultural understanding, and his edition of 1001 Nights has become the crux of the work's wide circulation, fascination, and fame to this day. The Polish church musician Wojciech Bobowski (1610-1675), known as Ali Ufqi after his conversion to Islam, played a key role in this process of cultural understanding and exchange similar to Galland's. His anthologies of Ottoman music preserved several hundred classical Ottoman songs and instrumentals, which he transcribed into Western notation.
Note: The workshop begins at 13:00 and ends at 15:30, the family concert starts at 16:00. Children are admitted free of charge.