[MGSA-L] FW: Τι ακούνε οι κουλτουριάρηδες Aμερικάνοι

Christos D. Katsetos cd_katsetos at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 9 07:35:56 PST 2011

Further to George Baloglou's excellent musical selections, just a few comments, 
in passing.

This is a traditional Ottoman song [Uskudar'a Gider iken (Katibim)] and (at 
least in its present form) it is probably traceable to the late Ottoman period. 

It  remains controversial whether the melody in question has Greek/Rhomeic or 
Sephardic Jewish origins and in this regard, the input by musicologists in this 
list would be appreciated.

In contemporary Turkey, Uskudar'a Gider iken (Katibim) is customarily featured 
in school celebrations. Choreographically, the song's hallmark the parade of 
charming and graceful young ladies holding colorful umbrellas [evidently, not 
only in  Turkiye... 

... but also as f(F)ar East as in Japan

The melody has also fascinated serious musicians and musicologists in the West.
-- Rendition by the legendary Eartha Kitt (in Turkish)

-- Rendition by the Orfeon Chamber  Choir

-- American folk music-style rendition (with a touch of Ladino) 

From: George Baloglou <gbaloglou at gmail.com>
To: Martha Klironomos <mkliro at sfsu.edu>
Cc: "mgsa-l at uci.edu" <mgsa-l at uci.edu>
Sent: Tue, February 8, 2011 3:04:06 PM
Subject: Re: [MGSA-L] FW: Τι ακούνε οι  κουλτουριάρηδες Aμερικάνοι

2011/2/7 Martha Klironomos <mkliro at sfsu.edu>:
> Today's song of the day on National Public Radio

Here are two favorite live performances:




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