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Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians

Denise Gill


Typically dismissed as the remnants of Ottoman nostalgia, the melancholies intentionally cultivated by contemporary Turkish classical musicians are a fundamental aspect of their subjectivity. Melancholic Modalities is the first in-depth historical and ethnographic study of the affective practices socialized by these musicians who champion, teach, and perform a present-day genre substantially rooted in the musics of the Ottoman court and elite Mevlevi Sufi lodges. Denise Gill analyzes how melancholic music making emerges as reparative, pleasurable, spiritually redeeming, and healing. Focusing o ... More

Keywords: Turkish classical music, melancholy, affect, Islam, ethnomusicology, Ottoman, Turkey, music and emotion, rhizomatic analysis, bi-aurality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denise Gill, author
Washington University in St. Louis.