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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?
 

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There are many sunny works composed in this key.

Popular great works include

Bach's very popular violin concerto in E major BWV1042, harpsichord concerto in E major BWV1053.

Mozart's Adaigo for violin and orchestra in E major K261, piano trio #4 in E major K542.
 

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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?
Do you mean 10/3?

Both Magnard's second symphony and Scriabin's first symphony have a lot of tension in them.
 

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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?
do you think that those pieces would sound happier if transposed in another key?
 
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