THE CONCERT FEAST TO THE KING OF JORDAN
At his first visit to Turkey the Emir of Jordan Mr. Abdullah had been the
guest of Atatürk. One day Muhiddin Üstündağ informed me the Emir was willing to
listen to Turkish music and Atatürk ordered to have him listen to a selection of
works of Turkish music and I have been appointed in this respect.
Me and my best friends Munir Nurettin Selçuk, Reşat Erer, Refik Fersan,
Fahire Fersan, Vecihe Daryal, Cevdet Kozanoğlu and some other young friends went
to the villa in Florya.
The Emir had finished his formal visits and said farewell to Atatürk. He
would remain in Turkey to have a rest and for some private visits before leaving
to go back to Jordan. We started play the “Fasıl” (concert program all in the
same makam) shortly before lunchtime.
The expression of the emir’s face changed and he dropped the fork and spoon
from his hands at the first minute of the concert and stopped us. Then he said
in fluent Turkish.
- Sirs, we can not eat while listening to such beautiful music.
As you may understand, it we were touched by the Emir’s noble gesture. The
tears running down from cheeks to his beard are always in my mind.