This month on Clef Notes, we’ve been looking at examples of exoticism found in classical music. Many of the examples come from the late-nineteenth and early- twentieth centuries. Let’s step back a little further in time today and look at Mozart’s use of exoticism in his Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331.
Turkish music was quite popular in eighteenth-century Vienna. This explains Mozart’s decision to label the third movement of his Sonata No. 11 “Rondo alla Turca,” using march-like references to Turkish Janissary bands.
|Turkish Janissary Band: Courtesy of wikimedia.org|
Can you hear the percussive sounds of a military marching band in the “Rondo alla Turca” below?
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