06-Ceddin Deden [1080p]

06-Ceddin Deden [1080p]: A Turkish Ottoman Military Song

06-Ceddin Deden [1080p]: A Turkish Ottoman Military Song

06-Ceddin Deden [1080p] is a video uploaded by Üstâd Kemânkeş on YouTube that features a Turkish Ottoman military song called Ceddin Deden. The song is performed by a mehter band, which is a type of traditional Ottoman military band that uses drums, horns, cymbals, and other instruments. The song is about the heroic ancestors of the Turkish nation who fought bravely in many battles and brought glory to the world.

The lyrics of the song are as follows:

Ceddin deden, neslin baban
Hep kahraman Türk milleti
Orduların, pekçok zaman
Vermiştiler dünyaya şan.

Türk milleti, Türk milleti
Aşk ile sev milliyeti
Kahret vatan düşmanını
Çeksin o mel’un zilleti (hakirlik).

The translation of the lyrics are as follows:

Your ancestor is your grandfather, your lineage is your father
Always heroic Turkish nation
Your armies, many times
Have brought glory to the world.

Turkish nation, Turkish nation
Love your nationality with passion
Crush the enemy of the homeland
Let him suffer that cursed humiliation.

The video has over 15 million views and 111 thousand subscribers as of May 2023. It is one of the most popular videos featuring mehter music on YouTube. Many viewers have commented on the video expressing their admiration for the song and the Turkish history and culture.

The History and Influence of Mehter Music

Mehter music is the oldest recorded military marching music in the world. It originated in the Ottoman Empire and was played by a mehter band, which consisted of various percussion, wind, and string instruments. The mehter band was usually associated with the Janissary corps, which was an elite infantry unit composed of Christian converts to Islam. The mehter band accompanied the Ottoman army in battles and ceremonies, playing martial tunes that inspired the soldiers and intimidated the enemies.

The mehter band was established in 1299 when Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, received a tabl (kettledrum) and a finial from the Seljuk sultan Keykubat III as symbols of rank. The mehter band gradually expanded and developed over the centuries, reaching its peak during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. The mehter band had a strict hierarchy and a complex repertoire of melodies, rhythms, and lyrics. Some of the most famous mehter tunes are Ceddin Deden, Genç Osman, Hücum Marşı, and Yelkenler Biçilecek.

The mehter music had a significant influence on European classical music, especially in the 18th century. Many composers such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven were inspired by or imitated the mehter music in their works. For example, Haydn’s Military Symphony (No. 100) features a Turkish-style finale with percussion instruments such as cymbals, triangle, and bass drum. Mozart’s Turkish Rondo (Piano Sonata No. 11) and Turkish March (The Ruins of Athens) also incorporate elements of mehter music. Beethoven’s Turkish March (The Ruins of Athens) and The Battle Symphony (Wellington’s Victory) also use mehter-style percussion and melodies.

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