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Rondo alla Turca (K331) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


This enormously popular piano piece is more often performed by itself than as the final movement of mozart’s Piano Conata in A Major K331.

The Exuberant Rondo recalls the noisy music performed by the Turkish military (Janissary) bands of the 15th to 18th centuries. Mozart simulates the scoring for the winds, drums, cymbals and triangles by using thundering passages in thirds, percussive rolled chords and clamoring broken octaves.

Abrupt harmonic shifts from major to minor also enhance the dramatic orchestral sound effects. The clangorous eight-measure section in the A Major (mm 25-32) is the actual recurring rondo theme. the episodes sections (mm1-24 and mm41-64) are in the parallel and relative minor keys, each in rounded binary form. A bombastic coda brings the Rondo to an exciting finish.

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Author/Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edited by: Randall Faber
Publisher: Faber Piano Adventures
ISBN-13: 9781616778453
Item code: HL00420009



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