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Historic blast from the East

Mozart’s ‘Abduction’ recalls Janissaries

Johannes Debus conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight at Tanglewood. Johannes Debus conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight at Tanglewood. (The New York Times)
By Matthew Guerrieri
Globe Correspondent / July 23, 2010

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “The Abduction From the Seraglio,’’ which the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs in concert tonight at Tanglewood, musically announces its Turkish setting on the first page of its overture: a blast of triangle, cymbals, and drums, the 18th-century European stand-in for the bright clang of Janissary music. The Janissaries, personal troops of the Sultan of the Ottoman ... (Full article: 542 words)

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