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The key signatures of music are kind of like the signs of the zodiac. If you take all the music in a given key, you’ll discover certain characteristics — characteristics that can define your personality.

Are you an E-flat minor person? Learn E-flat minor's characteristics below, and meet some E-flat minor people in the photo gallery above.

What other famous E-flat minor people can you think of? Let me know in the comments.

E-flat minor: The Eccentric

Key characteristics: Creative. A bit obsessive. Idiosyncratic.

Your biggest strength: You're not afraid of being yourself.

Your potential weakness: Your intensity can be off-putting.

Likes: Books, black coffee, rainy nights.

Dislikes: Small talk, insincerity, superficiality.

Preferred outfit: Vintage clothes in unusual combinations. A beret.

Animal symbol: Aye-aye.

Zodiac sign most similar to: Scorpio.

Classic E-flat minor people:
- Glenn Gould.
- Miles Davis.
- Vincent van Gogh.
- Johnny Depp.
- John Malkovich. 

Which key are you?

To get to know E-flat minor a little better, click on the orange play button. 

Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.

 

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onlytony
#1 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 07, 2013

your comment board is e flat major

the genius factor slipped 

its the world thats out of kilter

the orange naval button

a yellow submarine

Paolo Pietropaolo
#2 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 07, 2013

That's too cryptic even for me Tony! Please clarify what you mean.

Incidentally, Yellow Submarine is in G-flat major.

onlytony
#3 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 07, 2013

your blog was incomplete

no orange dot 

thus no cryptic musical

examples

someone noticed 

corrections made 

enjoyment

promised delivered

onlytony
#4 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 08, 2013

i know but it was the only way ringo could manage it

onlytony
#5 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 08, 2013

if we could go

where van gogh went

seeing be our mercy

though our hearts 

were rent

blueshadow216
#6 posted by
blueshadow216
on Jun 08, 2013

I feel that I'm a mix of many music key personalities. I don't identify completely with one single keys, rather, I share traits from different keys.

Paolo Pietropaolo
#7 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 08, 2013

@blueshadow216: Just like a symphony!

I like to think of it the way you think of it, too: that I'm a mix of different keys. I had a gloomy B minor day the other day....I think of the keys as I've characterized them as archetypes, and real people are usually a mix of archetypes.

Paolo Pietropaolo
#8 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 08, 2013

@onlytony: ah yes! you were referring to the gremlins that were mucking about with the website on Friday. Happily it all got sorted out.

IHearMagic
#9 posted by
IHearMagic
on Jun 09, 2013

To say "Wow" is far too pedestrian ... especially after these cryptic posts!  I loved this radio spot -- but is this a little different from what I just heard on "In the Field"?  Thanks! 

headspacej
#10 posted by
headspacej
on Jun 10, 2013

Fantastic, as always -- I love how smooth the transitions between songs are when the key is identical, and you've done some very clever mixing. There's certainly a cluster of "brilliant misunderstood introvert" types in the minor keys...very compelling.

Euler
#11 posted by
Euler
on Jun 11, 2013

This is a question about E minor, the Handsome Rogue (that post is now closed).  At about the 52 second mark, a theme from a Spanish guitar concerto is played.  Unless I am missing something, I cannot see what the music is on the little video.  This music is well known but I can't remember what it is.  Can anyone help me?  Thanks. 

Derek Lindner
#12 posted by
Derek Lindner
on Jun 12, 2013

Euler, it sounds like Nights in the Garden of Spain by  Manuel de Falla but that's for piano and orchestra, so I'm probably wrong; Paolo will have to confirm I am. But if you liked that bit you'll might enjoy 'Nights...'. I'm having fun looking, an will keep doing so.

Euler
#13 posted by
Euler
on Jun 12, 2013

I found it!  Thanks, Derek, but it was not Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.  It is Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albeniz.  It was originally written in G minor for piano but later transcribed for the guitar in E minor.  The title is misleading because it is Andalucian flamenco music, not music from Asturias in northern Spain.  By the way, in desperation I used an amazing app on my iPad called Soundhound to identify it.  

Derek Lindner
#14 posted by
Derek Lindner
on Jun 12, 2013

When I heard it, something was telling me it was for piano, then transcribed, which was why I went to 'Night's'. I will play that Albeniz tonight. Thanks Euler, tonnes of fun; it's such satisfaction finding something you know, you know but can't put your 'finger' on it. cheers.

Paolo Pietropaolo
#15 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 12, 2013

@Euler, @Derek Lindner - glad you sorted it out! Sorry, I have been swamped producing F-sharp major: The Mystic and I hadn't come back to these comments in a few days. Sorry the pop-up wasn't working but glad you were able to track down Asturias. I use SoundHound too. Nifty, isn't it?

Paolo Pietropaolo
#16 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 12, 2013

@headspacej - thanks as always!

Paolo Pietropaolo
#17 posted by
Paolo Pietropaolo
on Jun 12, 2013

@IHearMagic: thanks for your comment!! Yes, this episode is different from what you heard on "In the Field". That was the E minor episode: http://www.bit.ly/Eminor

A new episode is coming out every Friday on CBCmusic.ca and Sunday on CBC Radio 2 on In Concert until the end of June. Then there will be 6 more in September and October.

Through the summer you'll also be able to hear them on some weekend morning shows on CBC Radio 1.

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