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Symphony No. 5 Galatasaray (2005)
First Performance

December 2005 Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Turkish Ministry of Culture Choir
Tulay Uyar, Leven Gunduz, Anil Kirkyildiz
Kamran Ince, conductor
Isbank Hall
Istanbul, Turkey

Instrumentation alt. sax. ten. sax. perc. (3) timp. pi. synth. el. guit. el. Bass SATB sop. ten. boy. sop. strings




Movement III

Program Notes

Symphony No. 5 Galatasaray is commissioned by Muzikotek for the Centenary of Galatasaray sports club. It depicts the story of Galatasaray from its very humble, innocent beginnings in 1905 to its glorious “world club” days of winning the UEFA Cup and the World Super Cup in 2000. It begins with the club’s birth from within the elite Galatasaray high school in Istanbul with a courageous start through spiritual and epic passages. Shows the coping with dark times during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the flourishment of hope within the young Turkish republic. Clubs’ growth and various turmoils lead us up to its big “major club” status to finally its glorious and victorious days with winning major international cups at the beginning of the new millennium. The passion of its fans (their feverous sounds) and the hearts of its players are depicted. Club’s intellectual sensibility coming from the backing of the Galatasaray high school, one of the most elite high schools in Turkey, is told. The music culminates in to an epic, huge celebration with a victorious end.