If D major were a person, who would she be?
Here's how the Signature Series works:
1. Select a musical key.
2. Gather together the most famous melodies composed in that key over the centuries.
3. Mash up.
4. Meet the person behind the key.
To get to know D major, click on the orange play button.
Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.
D major: Miss Congeniality
Also known as:
The Homecoming Queen.
D majors you might know:
The Goddess Athena from Greek mythology.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The notes: D - E - F♯ - G - A - B - C♯ - D.
Number of sharps: two.
Relative minor: B minor.
What they said about D major in the 18th century:
"The key of triumph, of Hallelujahs, of war-cries, of victory-rejoicing." – Christian Schubart, 1784
"Enflames the heart. The spirit ... is roused to impudent, joyful, even to somewhat boisterous songs of praise. Even the god of thunder has a claim to this key." - Georg Joseph Vogler, 1779
More D major listening:
The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
The Canadian connection:
"Past in Present" by Feist.
Editor's note: Historical quotes and translations from A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries, by Rita Steblin, UMI Research Press (1983).
The Signature Series
D major [Wikipedia]
Matt Haimovitz performs J.S. Bach's Suite for Solo Cello no. 6 in D Major
on Jun 28, 2012