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Mehter Suite

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Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Ottoman military (mehter) music
Publisher: Ragnarok Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00

Movements (may be played individually)

1. Ceddin Deden – 2:20
2. Yinede Şahlaniyor – 3:30
3. Estergon Kal'ası – 3:00
4. Genç Osman – 3:00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (I doubles C Piccolo II)
Oboe I-II (II doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cevgen
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The melodies in Mehter Suite are not my own. They were developed over centuries by Ottoman musicians, conquests, and history. As such, I am indebted to these forebears and value their rich, storied legacy. As military songs the original tempo of each would be brisk. While the outer two movements maintain this militaristic precision, the inner two take the most liberties by slowing them down to offer more temporal variety to Western audiences and performers. Counterpoint and harmonies are not intrinsic to nature of the selections but have been added to fit a modern concert band composition.

I highly recommend and encourage anyone playing these selections to listen and absorb the original compositions, to understand their intent, and if desired play the recordings the original tunes before the suite for added interest and more meaningful cross-cultural connections. Samples are available at the Turkish Music Portal.

Thank you to my Turkish composers friends, especially Nihan Yesil, for working with me and offering guidance during the planning and composition this suite.

Program note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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