Turkish Ottoman Military Band Mehter Video Clips. Duration : 6.20 Mins.
Ottoman mehter music, which for centuries accompanied the marching Ottoman army into battle (usually with 400-500 musicians) still echoes in that of drum and zurna – an oboe-like woodwind instrument with seven holes above and one below – which are a part of folk culture all over Turkey. Mehter music was a symbol of sovereignty and independence, and its ardent sounds instilled the soldiers with strength and courage. The rousing songs and crashing sound of the great kös drums were at the same time capable of unnerving the enemy on the brink of battle, and the mehter music composers took pains to create works that produced this effect. The mehter band was established in 1299 and is the world first military band.
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