The secret of Ottoman music, which inspired Mozart
and Beethoven, lay in the sweet sounds of dozens of intstruments which have not survived to our day.
Music occupied a very important place in Ottoman
society, and the court did not begrudge music the
support it gave to the other arts. Topkapi Palace
was a virtual conservatory, where both women and
men received intensive training in music. Every
concubine mastered an instrument while also being
instructed in singing and dancing. Indeed, there
were concubines who learned to play the trumpet,
usually considered a manís instrument. The men,
on the other hand, received their musical training
in the Enderun, which was the palace school. Albertus
Bobovius, for example, a Pole who entered this
school while still young and spent twenty years
there, contributed a great deal to Turkish music.