Keywords: Rumeli,Rumeli folk songs,Turkish music,Turkish instruments


Rumeli was one of the biggest and important provinces of the Ottoman Empire, which stayed under the Ottoman sovereignty for more than 500 years. The majority of cultural heritage extending to our times was built during this period. Rumeli folk songs are ballads composed by musicians and people of the Rumeli region. The total of 356 Rumeli folk songs has been compiled. In this study, these folk songs were evaluated in terms of their mode, melody, and rhythmic structure. Additionally, musical instruments played in Rumeli region and folk songs were studied.