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Arts: Composers: Ottoman Empire
(1,330 words)

Women composers were encouraged and their talents developed within the confines of the Ottoman imperial court and in the houses of prominent statesmen and other cultural elites. In addition, the Muslim musical education itself fostered their creativity that in gradual succession went from learning the repertoire to improvisation, composition, and finally teaching.

The process of musical composition in Ottoman culture was significantly different from the European model. In the Ottoman musical tradition, importance was placed almost as much on crea…

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Klaser-Ledoux, Rajna, “Arts: Composers: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0287d>
First published online: 2009

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