February 27, 2007 Netherlands Blazers Ensemble
Bilkent Concert Hall
fl., 2 ob., 2 Bb cl., bass cl., bssthrn., 2 bsn., al. sax., 4 hrn., 2 trpt., 2 trbn., perc/ el/ bass, d. bass
Nihavent Longa is a very popular, fast Turkish instrumental dance song in the nihavent scale (maqam). Longas are of Thracian origin (the portion of Turkey that is in Europe) and generally in a simple meter (2/4). It is anonymous, and occasionally Kemani Kevser Hanim is sited as being the source. Kamran Ince’s version of Nihavent Longa is scored for wind ensemble. It was commissioned and premiered by Netherlands Blazers Ensemble on the occasion of Queen Beatrix’s state visit to Ankara, Turkey in February 2007.