Mozart in Turkey

Benjamin Perl

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The essay analyses the Turkish mode in Mozart's output, discovering some unexpected examples, particularly Don Giovanni's aria 'Fin ch'han dal vino', whose uncommon sonority, obsessive rhythm and harmonic poverty evoke this topos. Don Giovanni may present Turkish features because his character coincides with eighteenth-century Western European views of the Turks as a threat to the established order and inclined to reckless sensuality. The romantic view of Don Giovanni as an ideal figure may also be connected with eighteenth-century thinking about 'orientals' as the representatives of utopia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-235
Number of pages17
JournalCambridge Opera Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


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