pianist (B. 1906, Istanbul – D. 1973, Ankara). After graduating from
Erkin received his first musical education from his mother at a young age. At the age of seven he started piano lessons with Adinolfi. He held his first concert, which consisted of his own compositions in 1946. After returning from his education abroad he made arrangements of polyphonic folk songs and used traditional sonata forms of the West in piano, chamber and orchestra music. In essential dressings of these forms outside of their main architecture the influence of “late romanticism and impressionism” streams gained depth. The artist who closely knew all details of homophonic Turkish music processed this source in his works. Besides, it is observed that he applied the methods of Turkish folk music in slow parts of the same works, and processes of rhythm belonging to Black Sea region in parts with a rapid tempo, especially which carried characteristics of scherzo. Erkin reflected in music the abstract understanding with limited attempts and did not use non-tonal technique in his method of composing. Nevertheless, he followed new streams with tolerance and supported his students inclining to them.
He joined the composition competition organized by Cumhuriyet Halk Party
in 1943 with his Köçekçe and Piyano
Konçertosu (Piano Concerto). His Piyano
Konçertosu was deemed worthy of an award. This work was vocalized by the
Presidential Symphony Orchestra with his wife Ferhunde Erkin as soloist. In
1943 it was again vocalized in
SOME OF HIS WORKS:
İki Dans (1930), Beş Damla (1931), Bülbül ve Ayın On Dördü (1932), Bayram (1934), Yaylılar Dörtlüsü (1935-36), İki Sesli Halk Şarkıları (1936), Yedi Halk Türküsü (1939), Karagöz (1940), Sanat (1946).