DONATION STATUS
Needed before 2016-12-31
$ 2,500
So far donated
$ 750

Do you have a favorite key?

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by pianolady, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,712
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    Just taking a break from practicing and got to thinking about this. My first answer to this question was going to be the key of E-flat major. The piece I was just playing ends in a low E-flat major chord, and I just love the way that sounds. Goes right into my soul. Then I did a brief flip through books sitting on my piano and discovered that many of my favorite pieces are in D-flat major. So now I am changing my mind. I like D-flat best. But then almost as many pieces I like are in A-flat major, which to me is an easy key to remember – you know, just spell the word, b-e-a-d /flats. I guess the question is not as easy to answer as I thought it would be. I will stick to E-flat and D-flat major because of the way they sound in lower register harmonies. Anybody else have a favorite key?
     
  2. chopinman0901

    chopinman0901 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pennsylvania, USA
    LOCATION:
    Pennsylvania, USA
    My favorite key would definitely have to be E Major. I think that it sounds so beautiful, especially when you have some E Major chords then an F#-A-C natural-E chord. Basically E Major sounds really good with A Minor. Pianolady, it would sound really nice if you tried Eb Major then G# Minor, or Db Major with F# Minor. My system for finding keys that sound really good together is take the fourth note of the major key scale, and use the minor key of that note. Everyone probably already knew this though :oops: .

    Anyway, to answer your question again, my favorite key is E Major. It's just so beautiful! Pieces like Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, the second movement of Grieg's third violin sonata, and the second movement of Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto are all in E Major, and they all touch me so much! E Major all the way!! Just kidding...
     
  3. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    My favourite key is the lowest one on my grand. It sounds sooo good. Don't get to hit it very often, but when it happens (like in the closing of Debussy's l'Isle Joyeuse) I make the most of it. Having said that, the B flat next to is is very nice too :lol:
     
  4. juufa72

    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    2,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Obamanation, unfortunately...
    Last Name:
    Grocholski
    First Name:
    Julius
    LOCATION:
    Obamanation, unfortunately...
    B flat major.....best piece written in this key? I would have to say Brahm's second piano concerto 8)
     
  5. John Robson

    John Robson New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Messages:
    829
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Miami, Florida, USA
    Last Name:
    Robson
    First Name:
    John
    LOCATION:
    Miami, Florida, USA
    fav. key

    For some reason I usually like minor keys, especially C# minor and D minor. I have no idea why.
     
  6. chopinman0901

    chopinman0901 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Pennsylvania, USA
    LOCATION:
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I think out of the minor keys, my favorite would have to be C Minor.
     
  7. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,712
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    So do you think your favorite key (signature) depicts your personality? Happy people like major keys and grumpy people like minor keys? Can it be that simple?

    I am usually an upbeat person, so choosing a major key as my favorite seems to fit my personality. Right? Again, that was my first response to the question. However, admitting that I also am a very passionate person, and seeing some others here say they favor minor keys, I re-thought my answer. (I know, too much thinking today) One of my favorite pieces is Chopin’s 1st Ballade – g-minor, and my second favorite nocturne which I’m practicing now is in c# minor, so yes, I do love to play plenty of sad, dark, minor pieces that rip out your heart. In reality, it is the drama I like best - and you can’t have drama without some darkness. So to answer my own question: Or course it is not that simple. Still, that nocturne ends in a c# major chord, which sounds so nice - it hurts, so I will stay with major keys being my favorite; especially d-flat major, which sounds the same as c# major, right? What a coincidence. :)
     
  8. PJF

    PJF New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Last Name:
    Fournet
    First Name:
    Pierre
    D-flat major has been my favorite ever since I started listening to music. I haven't come up with a logical/harmonic reason to explain why except that to my ears, all the overtones match up perfectly in that key. In a minor key, I say D#.

    My least liked are D and A major, and in minor, C. Those never sound quite right to my ears.

    Why? I dunno.

    Pete
     
  9. Terez

    Terez New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1,418
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Gulfport, MS, USA
    WLM:
    terez2727@hotmail.com
    AOL:
    terez2727
    LOCATION:
    Gulfport, MS, USA
    First movement of the Grieg Concerto!

    I don't think I have a favorite key, but I did notice that a lot of my favorites are in D-flat Major and F Minor. I don't think there are any keys that I don't like.
     
  10. juufa72

    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    2,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Obamanation, unfortunately...
    Last Name:
    Grocholski
    First Name:
    Julius
    LOCATION:
    Obamanation, unfortunately...
    My favorite key sounds surreal...err I think?
     
  11. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    F# minor and the rare Eb minor. But also F minor and C# minor
    Between major keys.....mumble....Ab major and Eb major.

    All best,
    Sandro
    waiting for his new "Rieger-Kloss" piano model "Janacek" (now I had to study some pieces of Janacek, of sure).
     
  12. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,712
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    Sandro, getting a new piano is so exciting! I bet you can't wait. Maybe you can take pictures when it arrives. And then you will re-record all of your music on the new piano, right? :lol:
     
  13. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    > Sandro, getting a new piano is so exciting! I bet you can't wait.

    It remains for 20-25 days (holidays, they cannot carry it) at the dealer's room, with other 30-40 pianos. But today I'll visit it.
    I hope that when it will be here he does't feel alone....


    > Maybe you can take pictures when it arrives. And then you will re-record all of your music on the new piano, right?

    This is my idea. It will be more difficult (actually, with my digital is so simple: line out to
    the computer, no problem for external noises...), but I hope in a better sound.
    Let's go to study: today LvB op. 57 first movement (let's try to make sweeter all that
    arpeggios and virtuosistic passagges, to render them less Czerny or Hanon), Chopin op.44,
    and a transcription from a Bill Evans piano solo (Town hall concert. The piece is
    "Turn out the stars". One can not realize how beautiful this piece is).

    All best,
    Sandro
     
  14. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I don't have perfect pitch. So they all sound the same to me.
     
  15. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Can't be easy to enjoy music if all keys sound the same :p
     
  16. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    But isn't it all relative? You can transpose a song into other keys, and I would not be able to tell the difference.

    To me I could play in any key and be happy. I often transition through several different keys when I practice/improvise. I just honestly cannot hear the difference. I'll play through many melodies and think to myself, would this really sound different in C or C# or B? And then I play it in another key and realize, no it is not; it is the same song.


    Perhaps long trained musicians hear it differently than I do. I did not grow up knowing or learning music. I only learned once I became an adult.
     
  17. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,712
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    krstone, I understand what you are saying, but to me, there is great deal of differences in the sound of different keys. And I don't know how to explain it, except that some sound richer, deeper, lighter or happier than others. I read somewhere that composers don't always think about which key to compose in - they just write what is in their head at the time the piece comes to them. Maybe try playing something simple like Mary Had a Little Lamb. Play it in C-major (don't change it to a minor key). Then play it in something like F# major. The black keys sound different, somehow. Maybe it's the way the sound waves come off the vibrations on those strings? (I don't totally get what I just said there. I get what I'm thinking but I can't express it well.) Any of that make sense to you?
     
  18. PJF

    PJF New Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Last Name:
    Fournet
    First Name:
    Pierre
    D-Flat Major RULES!!!
     
  19. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    But don't rule out B-flat major :wink:
     
  20. Terez

    Terez New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1,418
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Gulfport, MS, USA
    WLM:
    terez2727@hotmail.com
    AOL:
    terez2727
    LOCATION:
    Gulfport, MS, USA
    Perhaps it has something to do with the tempered tuning?
     

Share This Page