Pençgâh Oyun Havası for pedal harp - Şirin Pancaroğlu DOWNLOAD
Pençgâh Oyun Havası for pedal harp - Şirin Pancaroğlu DOWNLOAD
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Oyun havas, literally means dance air or dance tune. I was taken by the rhythmic appeal of the aksak usul in which the 8th notes are grouped as (2+2+2+3) to write a piece in this genre. Rather than fully aligning with the traditional practice of this genre in which certain notes are emphasized by phrases concluding on them while others are highlighted by temporary insistence, I took advantage of the magic created by the G sharp in this very scale (D-E-F sharp-G sharp-A-B-C-D) to feature unexpected notes. I attempted to create a feeling of dance by building phrases that land on unpredictable final notes, thus avoiding the first degree of the scale, karar sesi as it is referred to in Turkish music, all throughout. I based the piece on the scale of the pençgâh makam and not on its melodic progression and made use of other makam flavours, such as rast on E, buselik on D and A and nikriz on D, creating a sense of tension when coupled with the usul. After exploring various other flavours, I brought the piece to the finale by returning to the opening phrase which finally resolves on D in the second ending, emphasizing the pençgâh flavour one last time there.