Blue Rondo a la Turk

What does band name Blue Rondo a la Turk mean - janissaryBritish pop band, founded by Chris Sullivan.

Short-lived because at the release of their second album the band broke up, despite the long and rather grand name. They did leave two hit singles.

Blue Rondo a la Turk gets its name from a composition by Dave Brubeck (1960).

Brubeck in his turn took the name from someone else again, none other than prodigy child Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; only he called his composition Rondo alla Turca ('Turkish rondo').

It is the third and last part of Mozart's piano sonata no. 11; the sonata imitates the sound of a music corps accompanying Turkish infantry forces (Janissaries) to the battlefield with a snappy little ditty.

Active: 1981-1984, GBR
Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Rondo_%C3%A0_la_Turk_(band)


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