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"Full moon" and "The Nightingale"
For soprano and small orchestra
Year of Composition : 1932
Publication : "Full moon", Istanbul, Numune Press, "Journal of Music and Art Trends" as Supplement to November 1934 issue. "The Nightingale", Istanbul Numune Press "Journal of Music and Art Trends" as supplement to December 1934 - January 1935 Issue.
Note : Prior to composing these songs, Erkin made a journey to Sivas, where he studied folk songs and heard recitals in regional dialects by local minstrels at the "Association for the Preservation of Folk Traditions", founded by Ahmet Kutsi Tecer. He attended auditions of Minstrels Veysel and Veli in Togut village of Sivas. "The Nightingale" is based on a theme sung by Minstrel Veli. 'Full moon" was later developed for orchestral accompaniment and included in "Seven Folk Songs", 1936.
Seven Folk Songs
For bass-baritone and orchestra
Year of Composition : 1939, Ankara
Song Titles : " The Reunion", " Oh, Hanife "," Mastic dribbles along the pine trunk ", " Full moon", " Ferment ", " Turkmeni ", " The Nightingale ".
First Performance : Erkin first arranged this series of songs for voice with piano accompaniment and later for voice and orchestra. The version with piano was first performed by the bass-baritone Nurullah Taşkıran. The first four songs of the orchestral version were first rendered by Ayhan Baran (bass) and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hikmet Şimşek, on December 15, 1972. The entire series was first performed by Ayhan Baran, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tadeusz Strugala, on January 6, 1978.
Publication : State Conservatoire Publications, No: 8, 1955, Ankara.
Scorescribe : Cahit Koparal
Note : Originally arranged for piano accompaniment, these folk songs were later developed by the composer into an orchestral series. "The Nightingale" was introduced in this series in its 1939 version. Unwilling to have them performed for many years, Erkin was finally persuaded by Conductor Hikmet Şimşek to review them for eventual execution. However, after reexamining the composer committed the scores unaltered to Conductor Şimşek. The first performance was to take place three months after his demise.