Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondò alla Turca (Turkish March) from Piano Sonata No. 11 (K 331) - My ukulele arrangement

The Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 (300i) is a piano sonata in three movements.

The last movement, Rondò “Alla Turca”, popularly known as the Turkish March, is often heard on its own and is one of Mozart’s best-known piano pieces.

Turkish March

The Author

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Seriously, it’s really required? :-)

Anyway, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood.

Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.

For the rest of the biography, see the wikipedia page! ;-)

The Piece

Rondo alla Turca

From Wikipedia page:

Mozart himself titled the rondò Alla Turca.

It imitates the sound of Turkish Janissary bands, the music of which was much in vogue at that time.

In Mozart’s time, the last movement was sometimes performed on pianos built with a Janizary pedal, allowing it to be embellished with extra percussion effects.

The form of the rondo is A-B-C-D-E-C-A-B-C-coda, with each section (except the coda) being repeated twice.

  • Section A - This section, in A minor, consists of a rising sixteenth note melody followed by a falling eighth note melody over a staccato eighth note accompaniment. It is eight measures long.

  • Section B - This section introduces new material in a melody in thirds and eighth notes before varying the A section with a crescendo before falling back to piano.

  • Section C - A forte march in octaves over an arpeggiated chord accompaniment. The key changes to A major.

  • Section D - A piano continuous sixteenth note melody over a broken chord accompaniment.

  • Section E - A forte scale-like theme followed by a modification of section D.

  • Coda - A forte theme consisting mostly of chords (arpeggiated and not) and octaves. There is a brief piano restatement of the theme in the middle of the coda. The movement ends with alternating A and C-sharp octaves followed by two A major chords.

My arrangement

Ukulele score&tablature could be downloaded clicking the link below:


A video?

Coming soon! Recently are a bit busy, I will record a video as soon as possible! :-)

Published: March 14 2016