If A minor were a person, who would she 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 A minor, click on the orange play button.
Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.
A minor: The Faded Beauty
Also known as:
The Wilted Rose.
A minors you might know:
Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.
Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire.
Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls.
The notes: A - B - C - D - E - F - G♯ - A.
Number of sharps/flats: none.
Relative major: C major.
What they said about A minor in the 18th century:
"The worst key of all, so sleepy, phlegmatic, that it should be perhaps the least used." – J.J.H. Ribock, 1783
"Extremely lugubrious and gloomy. It is little practised; if so it expresses slaughters, massacres, and funeral dirges." – Francesco Galeazzi, 1796
More A minor listening:
Piano Sonata No. 8 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Cello Concerto by Robert Schumann.
The Canadian connection
"Dream Job" by the Dears.
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).
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