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Türkische Musik zu einem Film über Sultan Süleyman, der das Ottomanische Reich in seiner Glanzzeit regierte (1520-66). Die 17 Kompositionen werden auf Originalinstrumenten mit Synthesizerbackground gespielt. Stimmungsvolle Bilder mit melodischen Linien der Blasinstrumente Ney und Kaval wechseln mit perkussionsreichen Tänzen.

the project

Süleyman the Magnificent is the soundtrack for the film of the same name which focuses on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire. Sultan Süleyman reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. His was a golden age of art and architecture. Brian Keane's soundtrack embodies this historic sense of greatness and splendor. The music is at once exciting and profound. Keane has brilliantly scored traditional Turkish melodies and his own original melodies from a combination of authentic Turkish instruments. These instruments include the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute—a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads). The film aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and the Ohio State Film Festival awards. It was produced in conjunction with the opening of an art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for which major funding for the film was provided by the Republic of Turkey.

the artist

Brian Keane demonstrates excellence in a variety of musical endeavors. A virtuoso guitarist, he performs and records as a solo artist as well as with other musicians. Keane has three duo albums with Larry Coryell and has worked with Paco de Lucia, Michal Urbaniak, The Brubecks, Bobby McFerrin, and Jeff Berlin to name a few. He has appeared at most of the major jazz festivals and has toured extensively throughout the world. Keane is at home on both sides of the recording process. He has produced several records and film scores including the soundtrack for the Academy Award nominated film, A Cuban Odyssey. An accomplished composer and arranger, he has collaborated with other talented writers and composed soundtracks for several award-winning films. These credits include the PBS film Cuba in the Shadow of Doubt (Golden Hugo and Chicago Film Festival Awards), and Women of Summer (American Film Festival, Ohio State Film Festival, and American Women in Radio & TV Awards).

biography

discography

tracklist

1 Istanbul'dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul) 3'39"
2 Gögün Yedi Kati (Seven Spheres of Heaven) 1'31"
3 Egeli Gemici (Aegean Sailor) 2'41"
4 Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) 3'12"
5 Ussak Semai (Piece in 10/8) 3'27"
6 Nihâvend Fantazi (Modal Fantasy) 1'30"
7 Kuzeydeki Köy (Northern Villlage) 2'00"
8 Topkapinin Bahcesi (Garden at Topkapi) 1'54"
9 Rast Medhal (Prelude in Rast Mode) 6'24"
10 Süleymanin Öyküsü (The Story of Süleyman) 2'00"
11 Teke Ziplamasi (Goat Jumper) 3'07"
12 Mevlânâ (Whirling Dervishes) 3'49"
13 Segâh Pesrevi (Prelude in Segah Mode) 5'09"
14 Hicaz Taksimi (Improvisation in Hicaz Mode) 1'13"
15 Hicaz Pesrevi (Prelude in Hicaz Mode) 2'14"
16 Makber (Gates of Heaven) 3'49"
17 Istanbul'dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul/Reprise) 5'50"
  Total Time: 55'40"