Rondo alla Turca
Posted by Molly on July 08, 1998 at 16:03:57:
In response to Alla turca, written by Ian on July 08, 1998 at 05:46:49
Yes--that was Mozart, in the flesh (so to speak). That was the rondo section of the Rondo--the bit that keeps coming back again. This is actually *terribly* accurate; there was an 18th c. fashion for things Turkish (especially musical) which had not lapsed by the early 19th c. Early fortepianos (as opposed to pianofortes, which were English--this might actually be a legitimate quibble, since all the instruments in P&P2 were of the Continental variety) sometimes had knee-pedals which activated various Janissary-like percussive noises, which can add another dimension to Turk-flavored music, which was already lively. I heard a performance of this very piece on an instrument with such additions once; it was priceless! (This was in a great house in Kent, which is a quasi-museum of keyboard instruments; they have over 80, and half of them still work!--which I know, because they let me play them.) I didn't complain about all the keyboards being fortepianos instead of pianofortes, because a) I like them better, and b) it isn't impossible that well-to-do families would have them.
- It wasn't the Finchcocks Museum, was it? (nfm) Caroline 22:27:12 7/08/98 (3)
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