I'm from middle Europe, and to me, oriental music (also the Turkish Arabesk music) has a typical oblique/ skewed melody. In Greek music, despite other culture, there is in my opinion the same oriental melody.
I like that very much and for me it suggests with "sad" and "melancholic".
So I want to ask of what constitutes this typical oriental sad melody. It is connected with the minor key?
And I think in Yugoslavian folk music you can also hear the influences of melancholic melody; I think its a mix of stright Europian and the skewed oriental music. Are there academic terms of this phenomenon?
Some examples of songs:
- Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea: Lijepa Tena - klapa furešti: LIPA - Goran Karan: Kad zaspu anđeli
- Edip Akbayram: Aldırma Gönül - mahsun kırmızıgül mihriban - Ahmet Kaya: Hani Benim Gençligim
- Helena Paparizou: My Number One (ok, Greek) - Hadise: Dum Tek Tek
And this is not hearable in western Europe music. Sad that there is no term. I wonder if it is based on a musical mode, on the Phyrigian mode ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_mode ) that Balkan/ Eastern Europe use musical mode similar to this in Turkey/ Arabian states..