national music of the Türkmen is the tunes of the heart of the nation.
The entire world witnesses the clarity and uniqueness of Türkmen music.
Türkmen music is different from others in the sense that it has been
wrought with deep philosophy. This characteristic has given it a depth
of meaning. Generally, the arts of speech, literature and music are the
realms in which the Türkmen mind had the opportunity to express itself.
The sound of Türkmen dutar
is a clear sign of the creativity of this nation.
spirit now takes the form of a horse. The spirit of this age requires
that not only the traditional musical instruments of deprek, kopuz,
dutar, g›cak are played but that 72 instruments are played
harmoniously. The horse took its place in the Türkmen flag and brought
Golden life, Golden spirit and contentment to the Türkmen soil. The
horse became an example and a symbol of the Türkmen nation’s
affluence and wealth, Golden spirit, and Golden life.
forefathers said of the various kinds of saz (musical instruments) that
add colour to celebrations and festivals, “Music and celebrations
provide guidance for man. The celebration relates to the bodily world,
and the music relates to the spiritual world. When combined, the
celebration and the music will guide man’s material and spiritual
wish to say, “If you want to understand the characteristics of the
states and nations, listen to their music; if you wish to know of the
level of happiness in the family listen and see how songs and music find
reflection in that household!” When setting out for warfare, our
with them musical instruments, standards and flags to support the
enthusiasm of the soldiers. The sound of the kös, reminiscent of
thunder, the sounds of the zurna that shake hearts, and the sacred tone
of the gyjak
have all been sources of power, courage and inspiration for the Türkmens.
Each musical group plays seven to twelve instruments. Now is the time to
show the whole world the continuity of the rich Türkmen music with its
national qualities pleasing the ear and soul, inspired by our ancestors.
And first we ourselves should own and reclaim it.