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Blue Rondo a la Turk

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Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck (arr. Stefan Schwalgin)

General Info

Year: 1959 / 2009
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz quintet
Publisher: Mitropa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €94.00   |   Score Only (print) - €16.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Guitar
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Take Five is by far jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s most famous piece, easily recognized by its quirky 5/4 rhythm. Blue Rondo à la Turk, while written in a more conventional 9/8, divides the beats into groups of twos and threes to create an interesting rhythm.

- Program Note from publisher

Blue Rondo à la Turk is a jazz standard composition by Dave Brubeck. It appeared on the album Time Out in 1959. It is written in 9/8 time, with one side theme in 4/4, and the choice of rhythm was inspired by the Turkish aksak time signatures.

Brubeck heard this unusual rhythm performed by Turkish musicians on the street. Upon asking the musicians where they got the rhythm, one replied "This rhythm is to us what the blues is to you." Hence the title Blue Rondo à la Turk.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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