Centuries-old orchestra instruments on display in Ankara
Instruments that have been used by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) throughout its nearly 200-year history, various documents and belongings of the orchestra are presented to the visitors at the CSO1826 Exhibition Area in Turkish capital Ankara.
The historical process of the orchestra’s polyphonic music culture is featured with various archive documents and period photographs in the exhibition area opened at the CSO Ada Ankara Campus.
The horn from the first quarter of the 19th century, used by musicians, the bell from 1838, various materials from different years, and instruments such as harps and harpsichord used by the orchestra are among the items in the exhibition.
The exhibition area also offers visitors the opportunity to listen to some of the works performed by the CSO. The recording starts to play when the visitors come over the plaque patterns placed on the floor. This way, music lovers have the opportunity to listen to recordings such as Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto while walking around the exhibition area.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency about the exhibition, CSO Ada Ankara Art Gallery and Museum official Ercan Yalçın said that the exhibition area is open to visitors during the day and it can also be visited outside the concert hours.
Noting that the orchestra is an art institution that stands out in the international arena as well as its role in Turkey, and hosts world-renowned musicians and conductors as its guests, Yalçın said, “CSO is the shining star of Turkey as a collective art institution that has performed concerts and toured in more than 100 cities in 36 countries on three continents since 1917.”
Reminding that the CSO was the orchestra that played the first recording of the National Anthem, Yalçın explained that the first gramophone record of the National Anthem from 1933, which was presented as a gift by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been exhibited at CSO1826.
Emphasizing that it is important for them to have the instruments, used by the musicians who performed at the CSO, in the exhibition area, Yalçın said, “When a new archive document or a new photograph is found, they are included in the exhibition area here.”
Yalçın stated that special lectures will be held in the exhibition area on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of composer, music educator and ethnomusicologist Ahmet Adnan Saygun, and that this area will continue to function with different concepts in the future.