If G 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 G major, click on the orange play button.
Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.
G major: The Trusty Sidekick
Also known as:
The Jolly Good Fellow.
G majors you might know:
Obelix from the Asterix comic book series.
Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings.
Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series.
The notes: G - A - B - C - D - E - F♯ - G.
Number of sharps: one.
Relative minor: E minor.
What they said about G major in the 18th and 19th centuries:
"Everything rustic, idyllic and lyrical, every calm and satisfied passion, every tender gratitude for true friendship and faithful love." – Christian Schubart, 1784
"Sounds simple, satisfied, childlike, innocent, and depicts joy and gratitude." – J.A. Schrader, 1827
More G major listening:
Valse triste by Jean Sibelius.
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.
The Canadian connection:
"Jasper" by Aidan Knight.
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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