In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #43

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ep. #43: Featuring Joanne Pearce-Martin, Gavin Martin Desi Jévon
"Samba... alla Turca!"



A master of music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 works in his mere 35 years on our planet. While in his 20’s, the percussive music of Turkish Janissary bands, thought to be the oldest form of military marching bands, were in fashion; their influence can be heard in the 3rd movement of his A Major Piano Sonata which he subtitled “Alla Turca”; it is popularly known as “Turkish Rondo”.

During Mozart’s time, the piece was often performed on specially crafted pianos built with a “Turkish stop”: a pedal that caused a bell to ring or a padded hammer to strike the soundboard in imitation of a bass drum!

Motivated by Mozart’s Turkish inspiration, the U.K.’s Philip R. Buttall took it one step further. He wondered what would happen if Austrian composer Mozart’s Turkish Janissary marching band-turned-piano-sonata suddenly encountered a Brazilian Carnival Samba parade…the result is Buttall's re-imagined “Samba…alla Turca!”.

With fast fingers and percussive precision, MUSE/IQUE welcomes Joanne Pearce-Martin and Gavin Martin with this exceptional arrangement of Mozart’s great classic. MUSE/IQUE’s Desi "Babalu" Jévon adds his Latin flair and fast footwork!