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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (center) attended a performance of his own opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail while visiting Berlin in 1789 (photo: Wikipedia)

Islam in European Classical Music

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As-salam alaykum Resounding from the Minaret

We cannot say precisely when the musical penetration of East and West began, but one thing is certain: composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others could not resist the fascination of the Orient. Thus elements of Turkish music, Persian poetry and Arabic storytelling found their way straight to the heart of European culture. By Nadja KayaliMore