8. Hicazkar Sirto


Hicazkar Sirto....Sultan Abdul Aziz
This piece was composed by Sultan Abdulaziz (1830-1876) who despite a traditional Ottoman education was fascinated by Western culture and particularly music. The Sirto is a dance claimed by the Greeks, Bulgarians and Turks as exclusively their own.  This particular example has a stately mood, interrupted briefly by a vigorous episode in 7/8.