...WOAMM..., op. 21 (2006)

shavings of missed chances, based on motives from Mozart’s ‘alla turca’ There’s something I don’t quite understand. 2006 – a Mozart year? Just one year before, Austria did its level best to torpedo the preliminary discussions that Turkey held with the EU. Did the thoroughly popular ‘Turkish march’ by Mozart play a subliminal
role here? Does it keep the fear of the ‘Turkish threat’ alive in the Austriannational consciousness? A consciousness that is receptive to populistic notes. Is it a case of a piece of art music – like a ‘Mozart-Kugel’ chocolate ball – that fl ies in the face of an authentic, contemporary, respectful picture of the Turks? Well, let’s swallow it down, and have a look around!