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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Jean L. Kreiling

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Mozart's Rondo alla Turca

(from Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331)


In Mozart's evocation of the Turks,
a colorfully crayoned cartoon lurks:
stiff-gaited and then gruff, the bass line smirks
at puckish high-pitched melody. It perks
us up with cymbalish and drummish quirks,
it tickles like a tasseled fez, it irks
almost no one. When Mozart winks, it works!