It has been 38 years because the dying of Ulvi Cemal Erkin, who was one of many first-generation composers born within the early 1900s. In reminiscence of the grasp composer, who was one of many “Turkish 5” – the identify used to establish 5 pioneers of Western classical music in Turkey – right here is his life story briefly.
Erkin, a musician, music trainer and conductor and one of many outstanding composers to have led contemporary Turkish music, was born in Istanbul on March 14, 1906, to Mehmet Cemal Bey, a senior bureaucrat, and Nesibe Hanım. He grew to become occupied with music as a toddler whereas his mom was taking part in the piano and his older brother was taking violin classes.
The artist obtained his first musical training from his mom at a younger age and took piano classes from Italian and French music academics when he was 7. Erkin made nice progress in a short while, proving his expertise on this space.
After graduating from Galatasaray High School on the age of 19, he cleared the examination held by the Ministry of National Education (MEB) for abroad training and went to Paris in 1925. Erkin studied piano with French composers Isidor Philip and Camille Decreus on the Paris Conservatory, concord with composer, choir conductor Jean Gallon. He additionally discovered counterpoint from French composer and music educator Noel Gallon, in addition to composition from composer, conductor, and trainer Nadia Boulanger on the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
When Erkin returned to Turkey together with his diploma in 1930, he was appointed as concord and piano trainer on the Ankara Music Teachers School. When the college was reorganized because the State Conservatory in 1936, Erkin continued to show piano classes there. The well-known composer served as principal from 1949 to 1951 on the state conservatory and as conductor of the piano division and piano trainer till his dying.
The artist carried out the primary live performance of his personal compositions in 1946 and wrote his first work “Iki Dans” (“Two Dances”) for orchestra and “Ninni” (“Lullaby”), “Emprovizasyon” (“Improvisation”) and “Zeybek” (people heroes of western Anatolia) for violin and piano, in Paris.
After he was appointed as a trainer, Erkin took up vital positions as a soloist with a piano concerto, and typically as a composer, commentator, trainer and conductor, and pioneered the recognition and dissemination of classical music.
In 1932, he married Ferhunde Remzi, who graduated from the Leipzig Conservatory and was appointed as a piano trainer on the Music Teachers School. The duo shared one another’s pleasure, happiness and success on the live shows they carried out at residence and overseas of their lifelong union and devoted themselves to educating younger musicians and spreading polyphonic music with restricted alternatives.
Erkin participated within the composition competitors held by the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 1943 with “Köçekçe” (a musical style) and “Piyano Konçertosu” (“Concerto for Piano”). The “Piyano Konçertosu” was awarded the prize on the competitors and was interpreted by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) after which by the Berlin City Orchestra with the efficiency of Ferhunde Erkin because the soloist in the identical yr.
Erkin was awarded the distinction and benefit insignia of the French and Italian states for his achievements in artwork life and granted the title of “nationwide artist” in Turkey in 1971. In his reminiscence, a stamp was printed in 1985.
While his works are sometimes interpreted each at residence and overseas, Erkin personally performed live shows on the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colonne Orchestra and the Paris Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The profitable artist died from a coronary heart assault on the age of 62 within the capital Ankara on Sept. 15, 1972.