As a composer, Mesut Özgen has received commissions from musicians, universities, and chamber music organizations. Özgen's compositions are mainly based on or influenced by traditional Turkish music. Among his other influences are Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo's use of flamenco music and Turkish scholar/composer Yalçın Tura and Ertugrul Bayraktar’s harmonization techniques.

[To listen more music excerpts go to Audio Samples]

Solo Guitar

Anatolian Fantasy for solo guitar

Vira Sevda for solo guitar (based on a Turkish song by Bilge Özgen)

Chamber Music

In Honor of Lou Harrison (After Prince Cantemir) for guitar and piano

Miamiterranean for voice, cello, and guitar

Istanbul Espresso for guitar orchestra (with soprano, mandolin, electric guitar and bass)

Istanbul Express

    1. for soprano, two flutes (or two violins), cello, and piano
    2. for string quartet and guitar

Istanbul Express RehearsalRehearsing Istanbul Express for two violins, cello, piano, and voice in preparation for the Blue Journey Concert on February 27:

Posted by Mesut Ozgen, guitarist/composer on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two Spanish Songs (On Poetry by Luis Cernuda) for soprano and guitar:

    1. Dos de Noviembre
    2. Hablando a Manona

Rumeli Türküsü (Song of Rumeli) for flute (or violin) and guitar

Three Turkish Folk Songs:

    1. Kâtip
    2. Aygız
    3. Aman Avcı

Available for:

    1. melody instrument and guitar (duo)
    2. oboe (or flute or violin), cello, and guitar (trio)
    3. voice, flute, and two guitars (quartet)


To listen more music excerpts go to Audio Samples


Aria (from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5) for soprano and guitar orchestra by H. Villa-Lobos

Contrapunctus No. 1 (from the Art of Fugue) for guitar orchestra by J. S. Bach

Quattro Arie Antiche (4 Italian Love Songs) for voice and guitar

    1. Se Florindo è fedele by Alessandro Scarlatti
    2. Intorno all'idol mio by Marco Antonio Cesti
    3. Tu ch'hai le penne, amore by Giulio Caccini
    4. Vittoria, vittoria! by Giacomo Carissimi)
Milonga for flute and guitar by Alberto Ginastera

Petenera for two guitars by Regino Sainz de la Maza

Rumores de la Caleta for cello and guitar by Isaac Albeniz

Editions (as part of the New Dimensions in Classical Guitar Series)

Sonata: Ondas do Mar de Vigo for solo guitar by Christopher Pratorius

Passacaglia, Sarabande, and Gigue for guitar and harpsichord by Anthony Newman

La Guitarra for soprano, guitar, and percussion (wine glasses) by Robert Strizich

Meditation on "Down by the Riverside" for solo guitar by Robert Strizich

From the Major Arcana: Suite for Guitar by Anthony Newman (in progress)

Continuation for solo guitar by Philip Collins


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