Sonata 11 IN A Maj " Rondo Alla Turka
Wolfgang A. Mozart
for Piano Thursday, April 23, 2009
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K 331 is a sonata in three movements:
Andante grazioso - a theme with six variations
Menuetto - a minuet and trio
Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor
All of the movements are in the key of A major or A minor; that is, the work is homotonal.
A typical performance takes about 24 minutes.
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 imitates the sound of Turkish Janissary bands, the music of which was much in vogue at that time. Various other works of the time imitate this music, including Mozart's own opera The Abduction from the Seraglio.
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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