Music and prayers for the relief of the Siege of Malta 1565, the Holy League 1570 and the Battle of Lepanto 1571, and subsequent Western Music in the Turkish vogue

Richard Divall

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THE PERIOD OF FORTY YEARS dating from 1522, which saw the expulsion
from Rhodes of the Hospitallers of St John, was one of the most turbulent in
Mediterranean history. These four decades opened with the invasion of Rhodes by
Suleiman the Magnificent and ended in 1571 with the almost parallel victory of the
Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto and the fall of Venetian Cyprus to Ottoman
forces. Some of the key events in this Christian/Turkish conflict, and subsequent
events were commemorated, or rather prayed for in music.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBesieged Malta 1565 Volume II
EditorsMaroma Camilleri
Place of PublicationMalta
PublisherHeritage Malta
Pages205 - 208
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9789993257325
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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