Part of SU3 Sunday 3
About This Performance
So why does Mozart's last violin concerto have the nickname "Turkish"?
It turns out that the sound of a Janissary (once-elite military force of the Ottoman Empire) band was quite the fad in the 18th century. It featured very short musical elements played on shrill winds and loud percussion. This music was so popular that composers as notable as Mozart and Beethoven imitated it in several works.
So, in a section of the last movement of this concerto, Mozart dramatically shifts the character of the music to resemble a Turkish band, going so far as to have the cellos and double basses play with the wood of their bows to achieve a distinctive percussive effect.
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