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What is Your Favorite Key Signature?

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Author Topic: What is Your Favorite Key Signature?  (Read 3674 times)
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:18:48 pm »

It must be D minor: Mozart's string quartet K421, Brahms's first concerto, Beethoven's ninth (at least the first movement).

But theoretically, the key in which a piece is written should make no difference: firstly because of equal temperament, secondly because of the way pitches have varied over the years, and thirdly because the notion of key itself has lost its importance since modulations from anywhere to anywhere - and indeed total chromaticism - have become possible and acceptable. As early as in the ending of his eighth symphony Beethoven made it seem a little ridiculous. Ending a work on a common chord is just a tremendous cliché these days; no longer the product of any ęsthetic principle or need.

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