La Marche turque, 2006


Ziad Antar

© Ziad Antar - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

"La Marche Turque" (2006) shows the hands of pianist Matea Maras playing Mozart’s piece on a piano whose strings have been blocked.

The only sound is of Maras' fingers hitting the keys. By depriving the composition of its melody, Antar reveals the structure of this emblematic work inspired by the musical style of the Janissaries, the elite infantry units of the Ottoman Empire. The choice of a piece composed at a time when Austria had retrieved Hungary from the Ottoman Empire references the conflicts often evoked in his works.

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