Tepki 2 (Reaction 2) for Orchestra - SCORE
Composed by Erberk Eryilmaz. 21st Century, World, Folk. Score. 63 pages. Published by LKrentzman (S0.24952).
Item Number: S0.24952
Tepki 2 "fikri hur, vicdani hur, irfani hur" (Reaction 2 "free thought, free conscience, free knowledge") for Orchestra.to watch the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_GkTHsBHYg1- "bir ağaç gibi" ("like a tree") 2- Kazlıçeşme 3- Gaz maskeli semazen (Gas Masked Whirling Dervish) 4- "bir orman gibi" ("like a forest") 5- Adalete hitaben (To Justice) 6- Duran adam (The Standing Man) 7- "fikri hür, vicdanı hür, irfanı hür" ("free thought, free conscience, free knowledge")"In March 2013, I wrote Tepki 1 "Vurulduk!" (Reaction 1 "We are shot!") for Solo Piano, which is about how people should express their feelings and react to what is happening around them. In May 2013, only two months later, this "reaction"took place, and Turkey experienced one of the biggest youth movements in its history. The people were moved to action when the government decided to destroy a beautiful green park at the center of Istanbul in the process of building a newshopping mall. Soon after the protests started, prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan validated his controversial decision on the premise that his party received half the votes in the previous election. This and many other careless speeches by Erdoğan undermined the freedom and privacy of the people, demonstrated his misunderstanding of democracy, and fueled the protests.Erdoğan has stated, "We would like to raise new generations that are religious," and plans to accomplish this through the strict laws imposed on the people and the institutionalization of religion in education . This is one of many reasons thatmillions of people have started protesting Erdoğan and his party. Although these people come from very different backgrounds and ideologies, they are united by a single ideal, the very ideology on which our country was established: absolutefreedom. In founding Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) proclaimed, "We would like to raise generations with free thought, free conscience, and free knowledge."The piece is divided into 7 movements performed continuously:Movement I - "like a tree"The Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet wrote in his poem Davet (Invitation), "to live! like a tree/free and alone/like a forest/in brotherhood".Movement II - KazlıçeşmeKazlıçeşme is a town in Istanbul where Erdoğan gave a speech to his supporters during the protests of summer 2013. The supporters were brought in to Kazlıçeşme on free buses and ferries, while all transportation to Taksim Square, the mainsite of protesting, was blocked completely.Movement III - Gas Masked Whirling DervishSince the beginning of the protests, the Turkish government has spent millions of dollars on tear-gas bombs sold by companies with close ties to Erdoğan and his party. This tear gas was used excessively by the police in an attempt to disablethe protesters. In retaliation, many people demonstrated clever, impactful, and unusual methods of protesting. One that stuck in my mind was of a whirling dervish in all black wearing a gas mask. This incredibly powerful image is impossible toforget and is also profoundly symbolic of what Erdoğan has done to our culture.Movement IV - "like a forest""to live! like a tree/free and alone/like a forest/in brotherhood".Movement V - To JusticeEven though protesting is considered legal under Turkish law, many people have been arrested, severely injured, and 7 people have died during the Gezi protests. In June of 2013, Ethem Sarısülük, who was only 27 years old, was shot in the headby a police officer. At the trial the judge Mustafa Aydın deemed the police officer innocent and freed him. This movement is my voice directly against Aydın, and all corrupt, reprehensible authorities.Movement VI - The Standing ManThere was one more incredibly expressive image that is burned into my memory.After several days of mass arrests of protesters throughout Turkey, a performing artist named Erdem Gündüz went to Taksim Square and stood motionless for hours. Police had no idea how to handle the situation. How could they arrestsomeone that is not even moving? Gündüz's pacifist tactic went viral; thousands of people chose this strategy to protest and avoid getting arrested. This movement serves as the climax of Tepki 2 (Reaction 2).Movement VII - "free thought, free conscience, free knowledge"Tepki 2 is for people who seek absolute freedom; freedom that is not suppressed by any government, any ideology, or any religion." -November 2013, Erberk Eryilmaz.
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