The impact of Turkish military bands on European court festivals in the 17th and 18th centuries

@article{Bowles2006TheIO,
  title={The impact of Turkish military bands on European court festivals in the 17th and 18th centuries},
  author={Edmund A. Bowles},
  journal={Early Music},
  year={2006},
  volume={34},
  pages={533 - 579}
}
Ever since Turkish forces first crossed the Bosporus, the threat of Ottoman domination in Europe was made real by almost 400 years of armed confrontation. The West viewed the Turkish empire with a mixture of curiosity and fear. A long series of cultural contacts by diplomats, businessmen, explorers, scientists, physicians, clergymen and artists brought back reports of the Turkish court military musical ensemble known as the mehter. Eager to emulate the powerful and exotic image of the Ottoman… 
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