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Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space

Second, revised edition


Aylin Buran

Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space is an exploration of the classical music stage within a framework of informal learning through the interactive concert performances of Fazıl Say. It delves into the artist’s conceptualization of the music-audience nexus along with his motivation for adopting an interactive manner that emerges through a verbal interaction between performer and listener during the concert performances. Using specific concert performances given in Malatya in Turkey, this book presents a detailed demonstration of such a space as a learning medium; and interprets its pedagogical meaning from both the artist’s and the audience’s perspectives.


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Learning is a lifelong process. When we look around ourselves with curiosity and awareness, we may notice that even every tiny detail regarding life may offer an inspiration for new acquisitions. I believe that, to move in a lifelong learning plane, one naturally needs to act in that manner. If we look around ourselves with such a perspective, we may also notice there are thousands of subjects to be researched. I encountered one of them one night when I could not sleep, and deciding to watch television. I came across a classical music concert that took place in Gaziantep (a city in Anatolia, Turkey). The performer was Fazil Say, the Turkish pianist and composer. What was impressive about this concert was that, during the performance, the artist was conversing with his audience, delivering some simple pieces of information regarding the works he was playing, and including technical information and points of interest about the composers and performers. First he talked, and then he performed, and some­ times he improvised musical pieces based on themes given to him by the audience. This was a scene that one would not normally expect at a classical music concert, and I realized that here was an informal learning space at work. For someone who tries to deepen her knowledge, and who is primarily interested in informal learning (which I believe has a deep involvement in life), such an atmosphere was a prolific area for research. What are the inner dynamics of such an interactive...

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