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CHAPTER VI.
TURKISH MUSIC.
A RATHER prominent influence upon the construc­tion of the military bands of Europe, says Mr. Kappey,5 was exercised by those of the Janis­saries, the powerful soldiers of the Turkish empire. Their bands usually comprised three small and two large oboes, and one or more fifes, all of a very shrill character which were shrieked in unison, to the accom­paniment of three kettledrums—one large and two small, three or. more tenor drums and one big bass drum whilst three pairs of cymbals and a couple of triangles were thrown in to lend additional colour. No wonder their enemies were vanquished, for this noise must have been simply irresistible. The noise notwith­standing, neighbouring princes soon became enamoured —at any rate with their appearance (as they were usually dressed in the most extravagant eastern style),
' Kappey, " Military Music."
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