Mozart: Rondo alla turca, last movement from Sonata K331 in A minor

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The Turkish mode, or mood, persists throughout Mozart’s oeuvre, from Lucio Silla (1773) onwards.

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This A minor Sonata dates from a decade later, with the composer settled in Vienna and satisfying contemporary taste for ‘exotic’ timbres such as are found in the contrasting, major-key B section of the finale. Let’s not overlook, however, how closely both themes of the Rondo are related to Hungarian music of the time such as the verbunkos; the contrast between them need not be exaggerated, even if you may be tempted to jingle bells on the beat during the ‘Turkish’ sections.