Cinuçen Tanrıkorur was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1938 and his first exposure to music came via his uncle Mecdinevin. By the age of 14 he was already composing his own pieces, and four years later he was introduced to the oud by his mother. Despite his musical inclinations, Tanrıkorur went on to study architecture at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, although when he was 22 he also successfully auditioned as a musician with Istanbul Radio. His work as an architect later took him to Ankara, and it was here in 1973 that he was appointed Director of the Art Music division of Ankara Radio. A decade later he left his radio work to join the faculty at Selçuk University in Konya, where he founded the Musical Education Department. In 1989 he was appointed as a solo artist with the Istanbul State Turkish Music Ensemble, and this was the start of his most prolific period of composing. Altogether he wrote more than 500 pieces of instrumental and vocal music, many of which were in rarely-heard makamlar, and he even created new makamlar such as Şedd-i Sabâ, Gülbûse and Zâvil-Aşîrân. He also wrote the first western-style oud method and taught a number of famous students. Tanrıkorur frequently travelled abroad to attend conferences, give concerts and teach, and he spent several years in the United States while undergoing treatment for a kidney disorder. Unfortunately this treatment proved unsuccessful and Tanrıkorur passed in away in 2000 at the age of 62.
(Ocora C 580045)
The tracks on this CD are a mixture of vocal/oud pices and instrumentals. The liner notes are very informative, and include details of the makamlar used in each piece as well as lyrics.
1. Bayatîaraban "Ayîn-î-Şerîfi" 25:30
2. Taksim Bestenigâr 7:42
3. Elégie à Akagündüz Kutbay 5:02
4. Taksim Hüseyni 4:36
5. Le Retour des Champs 4:46
Bestenigâr-Ferahnâk Geçiş Taksimi.
Evcârâ-Hicazkâr Geçiş Taksimi.
Hüseynî Saz Semaisi "Tarla Dönüşü" (audio only).
Hüzzam Taksimi at the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA in 1994.