In the homepage of DUNAV – a homepage dedicated to the folk danes of eastern Europe and Asia – I have recently discovered this simple but anyway interesting folk dance tune: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim
The melody is composed of only 5 different notes, but it is possible to play this tune for a long time without becoming bored. It is also a nice tune for children as you can see in some of the videos that I have found.
Very interesting is the following video by the group Bustan Abraham from Israel. The tune starts with an improvisation on a banjo the sounds like it would introduce a bluegrass tune – but then follows the Turkish folk dance tune Tin Tin Tini Mini Halim for almost 10 minutes. Unfortunately this video is no more available – I have found another great version here:
Tini mini hanem
Tini Mini Hanem performed April 10, 2011 at Sanders Theatre by the Zamir Chorale of Boston conducted by Joshua Jacobson and members of Bustan Abraham with Mehmet Sanlikol. www.zamir.org.
Here another version with a group of woman who dance to the music:
In my playlist I have collected many difrerent versions, played by different groups as well as sung versions.
Enjoy this folk dance from Turkey: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim!
Playlist: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim
Lyrics with translation to English: http://www.shira.net/music/lyrics/tini-mini-hanim.htm
Sheet music and lyrics: http://www.frmartuklu.net/muzik-turleri-ve-enstrumanlari/129432-tin-tin-tini-mini-hanim-notalari.html
Sheet music – on the homepage www.baglamist.com you can find more sheet music of Turkish music: http://www.baglamist.com/t/tini-mini-hanim.htm
DUNAV Homepage – a great source vor video clips, sheet music, recordings and dance instructions: http://www.dunav.org.il/
I found the following video and as it is a very rare combination I want to present it in my blog.
Last year a special compoetition for the Baglama – an instrument popular in Turkey and played by many immigrants from Turkey in Germany as well – was included in the German competition for young musicians Jugend Musiziert. The orchestra was conducted by Dr. Christian de Witt.
Koray Berat Sari, Jugendzupforchester NRW mit Baglama
Preisträgerkonzert von Jugend musiziert 2009
Baglama mit dem Jugendzupforchester NRW unter der Leitung von Dr. Christian de Witt
There is a press release about this (in German)
Informations about the baglama from Turkey or more precisely the baglama saz can be found in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments.
This is the most well-known Turkish plucked instrument. It comes in several different sizes : the small cura saz, the baglama saz, the bigger divan saz and the biggest : the meydan saz. Nowadays you can also find an electric saz. The baglama (pronounce : bah-lahma) is the most popular. In Iran and Azerbaijan this instrument may be called chogur, choghur or çogur.
Homepage of the Jugendzupforchester NRW: http://www.jugendzupforchester.de/
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