The music of the Ottoman Age, now called "Classical Turkish Music", throughout its history shared mutual influences with many different cultures.
The principal components of these influences were the musical assets peculiar to the Anatolian civilisations of the ancient world and after, as well as from medieval Islamic civilisation and the cultures of Middle and West Asia.
As for the principal development of Classical Turkish Music itself, it can be said to have emerged in the Ottoman period, especially in the seventeenth century.
While the Anatolian Seljuk state was gradually losing its influence over the other clans, Oman Bey the governer of the Kayı clan was siding on byzantian borders and strengthening as position trough the successes he achieved. while this small can was becoming stronger and proceeding towards turning into a permanent state, it was bringing together in its own land social and cultural structures from various sources. In this situation, the social and cultural structure of the Ottomans was developing greatly and becoming integrated, as the foundations were laid for empire. In such a way, the Ottoman empire, that was to last more than 600 years, would constitute her laws, army, money and, most significantly its cultural and artistic assets.