Beste (Turkish music)

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The beste is a vocal genre in Ottoman classical music. It was a movement of the fasıl, or suite.

Beste was one of the main forms of fasil (along with semâ'î), and its lyrics came from the Ottoman Turkish language poetry forms gazel and murabba. [1][2]


  1. ^ Bektaş, Tolga (Winter–Spring 2005). "Relationships between Prosodic and Musical Meters in the Beste Form of Classical Turkish Music". Asian Music (PDF). Ithaca, NY, USA: Society for Asian Music. 36 (1): 1. doi:10.1353/amu.2005.0003. ISSN 0044-9202.  Abstract: Project Muse
  2. ^ Feldman, Walter (1996). Music of the Ottoman Court: Makam, Composition and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire. Intercultural Music Studies. Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung. p. 182. ISBN 3-86135-641-4. Lay summaryVerlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung (2008-11-12). 

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