Mozart: Alla Turca
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The "Turkish Rondo" is the last movement of the Sonata in A major
, K331. However, it is quite often heard on its own, and has become one of Mozart most popular piano pieces. Its joyous, dancelike character and fast ornamental patterns speak to people of all ages.
The army music of the 17th century Ottoman Turkish Empire was something that inspired several Western composers, not only Mozart but also Haydn, Beethoven, Jean- Baptiste Lully and others. In the west, this was often called Janissary music, after the elite troups of the Sultan, the yeniçeri. Common instruments in a Janissary band were the zurna (a very loud, oboe-like double-reed), a boru (a trumpet), the nakkare (small kettledrums), the davul (a large bass drum), and the zil (cymbals); loud percussion and piercing wind instruments, designed to be heard on the battlefield. In Mozart's time, when imitating this kind of music at the keyboard, it was not unusual to make use of a so called Turkish stop, a pedal that caused a bell to ring and/or a padded hammer to strike the soundboard in imitation of a bass drum.
Illustration of the Janissary music on YouTube
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| Octaves passage in Mozart's "Rondo alla Turca"
February 10, 2010, 07:34:50 PM by stormx
I am currently learning Mozart "Rondo alla Turca" (3º movement of his K331 sonata).
I have a question regarding the fingering of the "octaves passage". I have never played so far a similar passage, so my question also applies to similar other pieces (with many successive octaves).
Do you play all the octaves with 1-5 or do you alternate 1-5 with 1-4. My teacher says both options are possible, but he prefers to change. What do you think?
A possibility would be to play with 5 the "white octaves" and use 4 for "black octaves".
Any advices are welcomed.
| "My" first piece - Turkish March by Mozart
January 05, 2010, 10:38:25 AM by ggpianogg
I've started playing the piano (well, the keyboard) around 3 weeks ago, when I found my sister's old piano which she used to play with for fun at a very young age. Since I always liked the piece Turkish March by Mozart, I decided this would be the first piece I would like to learn.
So far, I'm practicing my right hand, and I've posted a video where hopefully you can see my progress.
I would VERY much appreciate any feedback you guys could give me based on this video. Please keep in mind I do not attend classes so I might have a hard time understanding some of the piano terminology, but with google's help I'll definitely make it
The link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A2lWpbG_UY
Thanks in advance for all your feedback, but I will surely thank you personally as well
| Trill on mozart rondo alla turca
August 10, 2009, 09:55:56 AM by pbhattac
I have one question regarding this, is the trill on bar 25 supposed to start on B and go BCBCBC or is it supposed to start on C and go CBCBCB?
Thanks in advance.
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