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post Apr 21 2008, 01:37 AM
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Does anyone know how characteristics in musical keys work and how the characteristics are determined?

"Affective key characteristics from Christian Schubart's Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst (1806), Translated by Rita Steblin in A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries. UMI Research Press (1983).
C major- Completely Pure. Its character is: innocence, simplicity, naïvety, children's talk.
C minor- Declaration of love and at the same time the lament of unhappy love. All languishing, longing, sighing of the love-sick soul lies in this key.
Db major- A leering key, degenerating into grief and rapture. It cannot laugh, but it can smile; it cannot howl, but it can at least grimace its crying.--Consequently only unusual characters and feelings can be brought out in this key.
D major- The key of triumph, of Hallejuahs, of war-cries, of victory-rejoicing. Thus, the inviting symphonies, the marches, holiday songs and heaven-rejoicing choruses are set in this key.
D minor- Melancholy womanliness, the spleen and humours brood.
D# minor- Feelings of the anxiety of the soul's deepest distress, of brooding despair, of blackest depresssion, of the most gloomy condition of the soul. Every fear, every hesitation of the shuddering heart, breathes out of horrible D# minor. If ghosts could speak, their speech would approximate this key.
Eb major- The key of love, of devotion, of intimate conversation with God.
E major- Noisy shouts of joy, laughing pleasure and not yet complete, full delight lies in E Major.
F major- Complaisance & calm.
F minor- Deep depression, funereal lament, groans of misery and longing for the grave.
F# major- Triumph over difficulty, free sigh of relief utered when hurdles are surmounted; echo of a soul which has fiercely struggled and finally conquered lies in all uses of this key.
F# minor- A gloomy key: it tugs at passion as a dog biting a dress. Resentment and discontent are its language.
G major- Everything rustic, idyllic and lyrical, every calm and satisfied passion, every tender gratitude for true friendship and faithful love,--in a word every gentle and peaceful emotion of the heart is correctly expressed by this key.
G minor- Discontent, uneasiness, worry about a failed scheme; bad-tempered gnashing of teeth; in a word: resentment and dislike.
Ab major- Key of the grave. Death, grave, putrefaction, judgment, eternity lie in its radius.
Ab minor- Grumbler, heart squeezed until it suffocates; wailing lament, difficult struggle; in a word, the color of this key is everything struggling with difficulty.
A major- This key includes declarations of innocent love, satisfaction with one's state of affairs; hope of seeing one's beloved again when parting; youthful cheerfulness and trust in God.
A minor- Pious womanliness and tenderness of character.
Bb major- Cheerful love, clear conscience, hope aspiration for a better world.
Bb minor- A quaint creature, often dressed in the garment of night. It is somewhat surly and very seldom takes on a pleasant countenance. Mocking God and the world; discontented with itself and with everything; preparation for suicide sounds in this key.
B major- Strongly coloured, announcing wild passions, composed from the most glaring coulors. Anger, rage, jealousy, fury, despair and every burden of the heart lies in its sphere.
B minor- This is as it were the key of patience, of calm awaiting ones's fate and of submission to divine dispensation."



Personally i cant hear the difference in keys the way its described here...


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post Apr 21 2008, 04:57 AM
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blink.gif Sounds to me like someone smoked one the size of there leg and became a philosopher blink.gif laugh.gif


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post Apr 21 2008, 05:42 AM
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Hm, very interesting...I'm putting a copy of this on my computer - might give some cool ideas for composing!
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post Apr 21 2008, 05:47 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Apr 20 2008, 08:57 PM) *
blink.gif Sounds to me like someone smoked one the size of there leg and became a philosopher blink.gif laugh.gif


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post Apr 21 2008, 08:37 AM
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Very interesting. Where did you find this list?


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post Apr 21 2008, 08:42 AM
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you know .they kind of would make very interesting song names ..like the f minor one......


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post Apr 21 2008, 10:08 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Lavendell @ Apr 21 2008, 07:37 AM) *
Very interesting. Where did you find this list?



I found it here: http://www.library.yale.edu/~mkoth/keychar.htm
there are many different ''versions''


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Thank you for sharing Nice Guy.
Keys sound different, of course. Anyway some descriptions are funny, like the F minor one biggrin.gif


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post Apr 21 2008, 01:23 PM
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INteresting indeed, but everyone has different perceptions of chords, and this is truly a very interesting one smile.gif


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post Apr 21 2008, 01:30 PM
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The only theorietcial basis for keys sounding different is that in todays music we almost exclusively use the Well Tempered Scale, which is a compromise between physics and being able to design and play an instrument - it means that some notes are closer to the ideal in some keys than in others, making different keys sound ever so slightly different.

I can definitley understand feelings anc characteristics from the different major modes, but personally, different feelings from different major keys whilst present are so slight that I wouldn't spend the time writing a list like the one above!


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