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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Turkish Rondo" from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331


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Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A

Janissary Music

In the 18th century, Janissary music became all the rage in Europe. Janissaries were the men who guarded the sultan of Turkey. They had wonderful bands that included instruments that sounded very exotic to European ears: cymbals, triangles and bass drums. When Janissary music caught on in Europe, many composers, including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, started using those instruments in their music.

Track list:
Beethoven: Turkish March
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture
Weber: Abu Hassan Overture
Haydn: Symphony No. 100
Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mozart: Turkish Rondo from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Janissary music sounds like Turkish music.

True

False


2.What is the name of Mozart's opera with a Turkish theme?

The Magic Flute

The Marriage of Figaro

The Abduction from the Seraglio

William Tell

La Boheme


3. Which instrument is especially associated with janissary music?

cello

harpsichord

cymbals

flute

clarinet


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