If E major were a person, who would he be?
Here's how the Signature Series works:
1. Select a musical key.
2. Gather the most famous melodies composed in that key.
3. Mash up.
4. Meet the person behind the key.
To get to know E major, click on the orange play button.
Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.
E major: Prince Charming
Also known as:
The Wide-eyed Optimist.
E majors you might know:
The Lone Ranger.
Westley from The Princess Bride.
The notes: E - F♯- G♯ - A - B - C♯ - D♯ - E.
Number of sharps: four.
Relative minor: C-sharp minor.
What they said about E major in the 19th century:
"Bright and pellucid; adapted to brilliant subjects." – William Gardiner, 1817
"Clear as a bell and joyful. Screaming, bright, burning-yellow." – F.L. Bührlen, 1825
More E major listening:
Salut d'Amour by Edward Elgar.
"The Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli.
The Canadian connection:
"Out of the Game" by Rufus Wainwright.
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 on CBC Music
Watch Oscar Shumsky and Glenn Gould play Richard Strauss' Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 18
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