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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Janissary Music

In the 18th century, Janissary music became all the rage in Europe. Janissaries were the men who guarded the sultan of Turkey. They had wonderful bands that included instruments that sounded very exotic to European ears: cymbals, triangles and bass drums. When Janissary music caught on in Europe, many composers, including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, started using those instruments in their music.

Music heard in this episode:

Beethoven: Turkish March
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture
Weber: Abu Hassan Overture
Haydn: Symphony No. 100
Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mozart: Turkish Rondo from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331

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This Week's Quiz

Janissary music sounds like Turkish music.

 True

 False

What is the name of Mozart's opera with a Turkish theme?

 The Magic Flute

 The Marriage of Figaro

 The Abduction from the Seraglio

 William Tell

 La Boheme

Which instrument is especially associated with janissary music?

 cello

 harpsichord

 cymbals

 flute

 clarinet

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Janissary Music

In the 18th century, Janissary music became all the rage in Europe. Janissaries were the men who guarded the sultan of Turkey. They had wonderful bands that included instruments that sounded very exotic to European ears: cymbals, triangles and bass drums. When Janissary music caught on in Europe, many composers, including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, started using those instruments in their music.

Music heard in this episode:

Beethoven: Turkish March
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture
Weber: Abu Hassan Overture
Haydn: Symphony No. 100
Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mozart: Turkish Rondo from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331

Learn more about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

Janissary music sounds like Turkish music.

 True

 False

What is the name of Mozart's opera with a Turkish theme?

 The Magic Flute

 The Marriage of Figaro

 The Abduction from the Seraglio

 William Tell

 La Boheme

Which instrument is especially associated with janissary music?

 cello

 harpsichord

 cymbals

 flute

 clarinet

 

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