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  1. Music Theory
    i have only A MINOR/C MAJ patterns memorized on my guitar, and i just cue up corresponding backing tracks and solo over it (c maj d dorian e phrygian ETC) and it sounds good and i understand the concept/ sound of modes now, but... then i noticed if i solo Amin over.. Emin it sounds OK too...
  2. Music Theory
    There's obviously the trivial distinction between major and minor keys. But within the major keys for example, why would a composer choose C and not Eb? Is there any truth to the idea that each key has its own emotion? Or do composers just throw darts and use what sticks?
  3. Music Theory
    i just wanna understand whats going on here: https://www.e-chords.com/chords/motley-crue/dont-go-away-mad-just-go-away in this 80s rock song the chords go C Dm F which im assuming is just some random 1 2 4 progression they pulled out of the air? the question is: in the chorus it goes Bb F C...
  4. Music Theory
    :devil::devil::confused: i find it weird that in the circled measure the tonic /relative major is bumped up a half step. is this just a switch to the key of G? whats going on here
  5. Music Theory
    During common practice era, was it outright rare to use a minor v chord in a minor key? Obviously major V would be used for cadential purposes, but otherwise?
  6. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Which ya tink pwns moar? I prefer Major key Mozart overall, but I still think he should have composed more minor key stuff. If you think this poll is stupid, please tell us so in a highly condescending manner.
  7. Music Theory
    This question came to mind in reading recent comments made here: http://www.talkclassical.com/39479-cannon-f-major.html about how Bach typically cycles through keys in a piece. I often hear the term modulation used, but not as often tonicization, but what was Bach typically doing? When Bach...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    I have been intrigued by Pierre Boulez (through Frank Zappa interviews) and Gyorgy Ligeti (through Kubrick!) for a while now but have not taken the plunge. For some reason I am finding it difficult to find some introductory albums that have caught my interest. There are some box sets but I feel...
  9. Today's Composers
    Hi everyone, I've written the exposition of a classical style string quartet, after a long period of writer's block. I would really appreciate some critique. https://musescore.com/user/267236/scores/1063066 I made a big effort this time to not wander around a bunch of keys aimlessly like in...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    A major key of course does not always means the music is happy. The second movements of Brahms' 4th Symphony, Schubert's Unfinished, and Chopin's opus 10/4 etude are in E Major, but are somber. Are there others to add to this list of the "false positive" key of E Major?
  11. Solo & Chamber Music
    So I was listening to the Alicia de Larrocha set of complete Mozart piano sonatas. Most of the sonatas I hadn't heard before. While listening to the adagio of no. 2, I stopped and thought, this sounds familiar. Turns out, it was the adagio that Arvo Pärt used in his Mozart-Adagio for violin...
  12. Today's Composers
    I tickle the ivories (in the key of forlorn).
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    Usually when I hear or read talk about Mozart's music, especially in contrast to Beethoven's, the narrative ends up being something along the lines of 'Mozart is the perfecter of the Classical style while Beethoven was the revolutionary'. Beethoven was certainly more revolutionary in the sense...
  14. Solved Cases (archive)
    UPDATE: I have found what I'm looking for; it's "Maledetto sia l'aspetto" by Monteverdi.
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    I am looking for pieces whose "official" keys are not really the keys they begin in. I am counting major and minor keys with the same tonal center as different. This includes pieces whose opening key is ambiguous or nonexistent. I am mostly interested in good pieces by good composers who...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    I am trying to find pieces of classical music, preferably good pieces by good composers, that end in a different key (with different tonal center) from which they begin. Beginning and ending in different modes doesn't count - so for example I would not count Beethoven's 9th symphony, which...
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  17. Strings
    Hi, if there are any standard notation writers out there, I have a question I need your help to answer. Should I change key signatures when writing a modulation such as common chord or enharmonic modulation, or is that determined by how long I remain in the new key or some other factor? Thanks.
  18. Off Topic Pub
    Hi everybody! I'm just wondering how one is to achieve perfect evenness when playing scales. Let's say that I play C major scale with the fingering 123, 1234 etc. Then it's like I can always hear when I change the fingers from 123 to 1234. It always sounds like dadada, dadadada, but I want all...
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