Makam Music

Cemil Bey School as performing lute…

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Cemil Bey’s nickname was “Tanbûri” which means “the tambur master”. In addition to tambur, he played three-stringed violin of Istanbul, violoncell­o and lute. One of Ferik Mustafa Pasha’s two sons, General

Pertev Demirhan explains Cemil Bey’s relationsh­ip with lute by saying: “In those years, he used to consort with elite performers of the era for instance Andon and Hristo, Civan and Vasil. Thanks to his acquaintan­ces, he became a master lute player. He played lute as if he had played tambur.

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