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Hammamizade İsmail Dede Efendi (1778-1846) was a composer of Turkish classical music.

Born on 9th January 1778, in Istanbul, Sehzadebasi, he started studying music with Mehmed Emin Efendi, at the age of eight. He attended rituals at Yenikapi Mevlevihane, a place of Mevlevi gathering. He studied with Ali Nutki Dede and learned to play , in Yenikapi Mevlevihane. He became “Dede” in 1799. Dede Efendi’s music was well appreciated by Sultan Selim III, and then he performed his works at the palace. He had composed hundreds of songs and mevlevi rituals. In 1846 he pilgrimaged to Mecca, but in Mina contracted cholera and died. His grave is now in Mecca.

Dede Efendi gave lessons in Turkish music to Hamparsum Limonciyan who developed the Hamparsum notation, the dominant notation for Turkish music.

One of the greatest Turkish composers, he has created masterpieces in all forms and modes of Turkish music. He has also developed the composite musical modes of “sultan yegah”, “neveser”, “saba buselik”, “hicaz buselik” and “Araban kürdi”. His greatest works are the seven Mevlevi pieces for Samah. More than two hundred of his compositions are available today.


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  • Kara_Budun

    "Müzik öyle bir denizdir ki, ben paçaları sıvadım hala içine giremedim."

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MyMusicMyDivas

    ben dede efendi fanı olmak istiyur ozmn ben verejek yüz dolar? lksdfksldfjslkdfkjflksdfjklj

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • boratay

    şen şakralar açıla

    8 Feb 2009 Reply

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