Turkish March by Mozart

Turkish March (Rondo alla turca) is the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major.

This movement is often heard on its own and is one of Mozart’s best-known piano pieces.

It imitates the sound of Turkish Janissary bands, the music of which was much in vogue at that time.

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Mozart’s quick, simple, yet rustic melody has become so popular that it has inspired many to use it as a basis for new works…

Mozart composed Sonata No. 11 at the age of around 27 – perhaps in 1783 in Vienna or Salzburg.

The third and final movement, known popularly as the Turkish March, is in the rondo form, and was entitled ‘Alla Turca’ by Mozart himself.

At the time Mozart wrote Sonata No. 11, the music of Turkish Janissary bands was very much in fashion.

Turkish March is the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major

These groups are thought to be the oldest form of military marching bands in the world.

Indeed, at that time in Mozart’s life, anything Ottoman was very much in vogue, and you can see the influence of the empire in his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which is set in a seraglio – a type of Ottoman harem or brothel.

Mozart’s quick, simple, yet rustic melody has become so popular that it has inspired many to use it as a basis for new works…

Source: Wikipedia

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