Asked • 06/24/19

What makes a Turkish March a Turkish March?

I can only find 2 pieces called Turkish March. There is the 5th movement of The Ruins of Athens by Beethoven. Then there is the infamous Rondo Alla Turka by Mozart. And when I search Turkish March Beethoven, I usually get a piano transcription. Anyway, these are the parallels I can draw between the 2 pieces: - Major key - Upbeat - Rondo form - Minor key used for harmony, drama or both - Basic 8th note pulse at quarter note = 110 BPM - Left hand sort of sounds like footsteps All I can get from the internet on what a Turkish March is, is that it is a march in the Turkish style. Since I only have that and the parallels drawn between Beethoven's Turkish March and Mozart's Rondo Alla Turka, it is hard for me to know how to compose a Turkish March and it feels like I am relying on Mozart to help me with this. In fact, mine is sort of based off of Rondo Alla Turka as far as form and the ending in octaves. **Is there anything besides the parallels I have already drawn between the 2 Turkish March pieces that will help me compose my Turkish March?**

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