The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) Cultural Affairs Department will celebrate the 104th anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory with a special event. "Çanakkale Kahramanları Destansı Oratoryosu" ("The Epic Oratorio of Çanakkale Heroes") will be held Monday at the İBB Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall.
Inspired by Mehmet Akif Ersoy's poem, "Çanakkale Şehitleri" ("The Martyrs of Çanakkale"), the oratorio was composed by Çetin Işıközlü. It will be performed by the CRR Symphony Orchestra and the Istanbul Symphonic Choir.
The orchestra will be conducted by Çetin Işıközlü while the choirs will be conducted by Gökçen Koray and Seval Irmak. Dedicated to the martyrs of Çanakkale, the epic oratorio offers Turkish motifs rendered in the form of Western music.
Sections of the Oratorio
The epic oratorio consists of five sections. The first section is titled "Yiğitler Harmanı" ("Field of the Bravs"). In this section, the merciless battlefields are described and the fight of the Turkish people in the name of saving their country is portrayed in a symphonic style. The second section, on the other hand, offers variations of the song "Çanakkale" that will be performed by soloists, the choir and the orchestra.
In the third section, which offers statements by Mustfa Kenal Atatürk, the spectator will have the chance to listen to the description of "Conk Bayırı" ("Conk Hill"), the case of "Bomba Sırtı" ("Gun Ridge") and the verses of "Dur Yolcu" (the title of a poem, which means "Stop Traveler") in notes.
The fourth section, which can be taken as an invitation to prayer, is based on the themes "Allahu Akbar" (meaning "God is the greatest") and "Çanakkale is impassable." The oratorio ends with the performance of Mehmet Akif Ersoy's poem accompanied by a prayer-themed song performed by all the artists.
The event, which is free of charge, will start at 8 p.m.
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