Istanbul 1710
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Pioneering early-music performer Jordi Savall and Hesprion XXI shine a searching new light on 18th-century music from Istanbul's Islamic, Sephardic and Armenian traditions.

Join pioneering early-music performer and scholar Jordi Savall and his outstanding ensemble Hesprion XXI to immerse yourself in the sounds and rhythms of one of the worlds most ancient and most vibrant cities: Istanbul.

At the highpoint of the Ottoman Empire in the early 18th century, Istanbul drew in music and cultural traditions from right across the known world, standing at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Savall delves into Moldavian prince and long-time Istanbul resident Dimitrie Cantemirs 1710 The Book of the Science of Music to shine a searching new light on a forgotten golden age of music, and Istanbuls sophisticated blend of Islamic, Sephardic and Armenian traditions.

Joining Hesprion XXI are musicians from Armenia, Greece, Israel, Morocco and Turkey. With its dazzling music and hypnotic rhythms, The Book of the Science of Music is a revelatory musical experience for historical experts and lay listeners alike.

Made possible through the PLACE Programme

Hesprion XXI

Jordi Savall Rebec, Rebab, Treble Viol & Director

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