Moonlight (Ayışığı)

Clarinet and Piano Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Piazzola, Baker, Tada, Tuğa, Usmanbaş and Poulenc

The chamber music groups initiated by musicians of different nationalities during their years of study can occasionally be long lasting in spite of the long distances that set them apart. A good example of this is the duo formed by clarinetist Emirhan Tuğa and pianist Yuko Tada. . .

The duo who met in Amsterdam at the Conservatory and started playing together have since been enhancing their repertory. Continuing their individual studies on music and their teaching work separately in Holland in Japan, they come together for concert tours yearly.

We intended to crown this harmonious work with a recording and share with you this enjoyment which the two musicians share in performing across continents. The year 2010, celebrated as the year of Japan in Turkey was appropriate for such an undertaking. We stroke a balance among the Turkish and Japanese compositions   by incorporating one composition of each musician in the CD, in addition to the piece for clarinet and piano written by İlhan Usmanbaş. Furthermore, unique compositions as well as arrangements from various periods and of miscellaneous types were included. We believe that we came up with a production that is easy to listen to and is also a worthwhile contribution to the Turkish musical actives.
(Text: Şefik Kahramankaptan)

Turkish Recital

Works for Clarinet and Piano by Turkish Composers

This Turkish Recital album, by a long-time musician but a first-time CD producer, has been a very exciting, enjoyable, and meaningful project for me, as I took it from early planning to rehearsals and final recording of performances.

How did I start on this Turkish Recital endeavour?

I dreamt of this program since my student days at Ankara State Conservatory.

Then, I would play Adnan Saygun’s ‘’Horon for Clarinet and Piano’’ which I found on the Conservatory Library shelves and kept in my cabinet among Western Classical Music scores and ask myself: Why aren’t the works of our national composers played more in recitals and included in programs? Do our composers have other works for clarinet and piano that I haven’t come across yet? I carried these thoughts with me for years.

The idea of preparing a concert program consisting of works of Turkish composers arose from a simple request by Herman Braune, a Dutch clarinettist and educator. During one of our train trips he asked me whether I would want to plan a clarinet recital consisting of works of Turkish composers. I immediately responded, ‘of course.

Unfortunately, at that time, I did not have enough readily available works for putting together a dedicated program. I had to do research and reach out for works of our contemporary composers to prepare a selected program consisting of only clarinet and piano pieces. At the end of my research over several years, I had a rich collection extending from “The Turkish Five” to contemporary composers. I had the opportunity to personally meet and work together with several Turkish composers, some even participated at rehearsals. Meliha Doğuduyal and Evrim Demirel, two of the contemporary Turkish composers, composed pieces especially for this project. Premiere performances of these works have been presented in our special concerts.

I hope that the Turkish Recital album will be a source of inspiration and I am deeply grateful to all who supported and laboured with me on this project.

Emirhan Tuğa

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