Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 (Alla Turca)
The last movement, “Alla Turca”, popularly known as the “Turkish Rondo”, is often heard on its own and is one of Mozart’s best-known piano pieces; it was Mozart himself who titled the rondo “Alla Turca”. It imitates the sound ofTurkish Janissary bands, the music of which was much in vogue at that time. Various other works of the time imitate this Turkish style, including Mozart’s own opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In Mozart’s time, the last movement was sometimes performed on pianos built with a “Turkish stop“, allowing it to be embellished with extra percussion effects.
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