Turkish Stop

(2 customer reviews)


This ferocious show-stopper brings piano history alive. Be different. Be daring.


Alla Turca! That’s Italian for “in a Turkish style”.

This epic show-piece kicks off with all kinds of Turkish percussion. It features a lot of rhythmic stops, cool trombone riffs, and an impressive piano part.

European musicians around 1800 were fascinated with Turkish marching bands – especially the loud bass drum and cymbals. This led to “alla turca” music, as well as some crazy experimentation with pianos, called “Janissary” or “Turkish” stops.

The piano part is based on short five-note bursts. While it requires a good deal of technique, the built in ‘gaps’ in the melody make it not quite as difficult as it sounds.

Watch the video below to see the piece performed by Elijah, one of our students.

Piano Plus Playback

This piece is from the awesome Piano Plus Playback series. That means it is specially crafted to be performed with a playback: an .mp3 accompaniment.

How does it work?

It’s quite simple. You learn the piece from the sheet music just like you would learn any other piece. Except that once you’ve learned it, you can turn on the playback to accompany you – and you’ll sound that much more amazing. The playback comes as an .mp3 file, so all you need is something to play it on (like your phone) and a loudspeaker. Instant awesome.

What are the advantages to compared to regular piano pieces?

Aside from the fact that it’s incredibly fun and satisfying to play with the playback – the biggest advantage is that you get to work on your ensemble playing: your ability to play together with other musicians. Of course, a playback will never be responsive the way playing with other people live would be, but it includes instruments and sounds that you wouldn’t normally get to play with otherwise (unless you can afford a backing orchestra).

It also makes for a great recital piece. Can you imagine how much this piece would stand out at a student recital?

What’s included?

Every Piano Plus Playback piece includes the following files:

  • Sheet Music: A score of the piano part.
  • Fullspeed Playback: You would use this for your performances.
  • 90% Playback: A slightly slower version, mainly for practicing purposes. Not recommended for performing with.
  • Metronome Version: Just the piano part plus a metronome, so you can hear your part and check your progress.
  • Background Images: Two different background images that match the theme and mood of the piece. You can use these if you want to use a projector to add a visual element to your performance. (The official music video, as seen above, uses these background images).
  • Original Manuscript: A scan of the original handwritten score and notes of the composer. (not all Piano Plus Playback pieces contain this)

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Additional information



Alfred Level


Piano Adventures Level



4/4 Time, Syncopation


Cinematic, Epic, Fun, Orchestral


Fast Notes

Included Files

Turkish_Stop.pdf, Turkish_Stop_fullspeed.mp3, Turkish_Stop_90percent.mp3, Turkish_Stop_metronome.mp3, Turkish_Stop_bg_1.jpg, Turkish_Stop_bg_2.jpg, Turkish_Stop_manuscript.jpg

2 reviews for Turkish Stop

  1. Elijah

    This piece Turkish Stop was very well written and taught. This piece is a very upbeat piece and coming from a student who was used to playing slower pieces this was a huge challenge. But thanks to Benny’s help I was able to perform Turkish Stop effectively.

  2. rebekah (verified owner)

    What a fun piece! Love the energy and patterns!

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