Fazil Say was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1970 and when he was seven years of age, he was given a scholarship to study with David Levine at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf. Fazil Say’s zeal for jazz and improvisation led him to find very talented performers in the World of Jazz. Fazil Say is very popular with the BBC Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, and many other famous orchestras around the world.
Jazz Arrangement of Alla Turca
In the arrangement of Alla Turca by Fazil Say, there are a lot of swing tunes to modern Jazz in this piece from the beginning to the end of the movement. It was very different from the original Alla Turca piece composed by Mozart. Fazil Say played a lot with dynamics and accents and the accents in the piece fell between beats which is common in Jazz music. The improvisation was very free in this movement and the tempo is much faster.
Reaction to Fazil Say Arrangement
I thought Fazil Say’s arrangement of Alla Turca was phenomenal. His work was very ingenious and inventive. Fazil Say’s input of Jazz elements within his arrangement, by breaking the traditional sounds of classical music, was superb.
Original Rondo Alla Turca
Alla Turca was composed by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who arranged Alla Turca in the last movement of his Piano Sonata K.331 3rd Movement. Rondo Alla Turca is also known as the “Turkish March” or “Turkish Rondo.” Mozart’s Alla Turca is beautiful in any arrangement.
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