Over the centuries there have been some composers who have been influenced by their own folk music. As a musician who has beeninfluenced by folk music and played it for many years,I have found the relationship between folkmusic and classical music very interesting. Thus my question is “ how did the classical composers used folk music elements in their compositions?ʼ” As a result of my research the first issue I would like to deal withis ʻʼwhich composer tochoose for my research”?
To understand folk music it is vital to understand where it comes from, itʼs origans, its people, its landscape, its society and culture. As a student I studied classical music and I used to live in Anatolia which is the Asianpart of Turkey. Since I was very youngI have sungand played Anatolian folk music. I believe thatpeople have certain music types which they “carry in their blood” as we say in Turkey. As an outsider listening to folk music from another country, we may enjoy the music very much but may not understand the true meaning even by studying music at the conservatorium, we can play/use the same notes, rhythms, harmony. But some how it wont sound the same. For instance, when I hear real Anatolian music, I can easily start dreaming fo the mountains of my country, my people, language etc. Therefore learning and to understand folk music of a certain countrybetter, we must exploreitʼs culture. [Because the culture is the center of language, people, social dynamics,
history, improvement and what society leaves for next generation etc. Where folk music gets itʼs own feedback.]
Aktas F. Erdogan