For many centuries, art and artists have been appreciated by sultans and their staffs in Ottoman Empire. Such as calligraphy, poetry, miniature and similar Turkish Islamic Arts, Turkish Music continued to receive considerable attention and appreciation in the palace and Mevlevi lodges until the end of the 19th century. So the Turkish Music composers of the period generally preferred to compose works in large forms in order to show their skills. The greatest one is “Mevlevi Ritual” of these forms. It is possible to see the finest details of high art and aesthetics in all Mevlevi rituals from Beste-i Kadim which is the oldest Mevlevi ritual to the present day. In this article, Mevlevi rituals which were composed from Beste-i Kadim to Nayi Osman Dede period were analyzed in terms of form.
Mevlevi Ritual, Beste-i Kadim, Form, Maqam, Analysis