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Turkey: Turkomania
Turkomania
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type: postcard
width in cm:9.0
height in cm: 9.0
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When Mozart made his first Turkopera ZAIDE in 1779 it turned out to be the beginning of what later would be known as Turkomania. Mozart
(1756-1791) wrote "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" two years later. ZAIDE never got finished but nevertheless he created an original musical language with this love-story. The composer used elements of folkmusic in his unconventional aproach of the opera style. Zaide was a Western slave living in the court of the Ottoman sultan Soliman, in love with Gomatz, also a European slave. They try to escape but got caught. At the end Soliman was pleded to free them by the guardian Allazim. Soliman granted their return to the West on the promise that they would testify that there was also justice in Asia (the East).
The costuming used in Mozarts operas paved the way to the popularity of oriental dresses and costuming which later became very popular at high society parties.
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