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Sebastian: Regarding Keys...24 Mar 2008 18:53

The idea is to compile here the list of favourite tonalities, by composers. Let's start off with Deacy:

One main key for all the song:

  • C Major - A minor: Best Friend, Back Chat, Pain is So Close (shited up at the end), Rain Must Fall (ditto)
  • G Major - E minor: Misfire (shited up at the end), Bites the Dust (varispeeded to sound in f), Friends Will Be Friends
  • D Major - B minor: You and I (middle-eight partly in A), Spread Your Wings, Seven Days
  • A Major: Who Needs You (middle-eight in E)
  • E Major: Need Your Loving, Break Free

Sections in Different Keys:

  • C > D: My Life Has Been Saved
  • D > E: If You Can't Beat Them

Missing - Arboria, Execution of Flash, Cool Cat, No Turning Back

So far, off the fourteen songs included, 4.5 (nearly one third) are in C/Am, the rest are all in guitar-friendly sharp keys. John's favourite seems to be D by close contest, used in the '76-'78 period and at the end.

1.Sebastian 19 Apr 2008 14:08

After checking Chopin's 223 works, here's a list of the 25 keys he used, in order of appearances:

A-flat Major: 27 (12.10%)

A minor, C-Sharp minor: 15 (6.72%)

C Major, F minor: 14 (6.27% each)

C minor: 11 (4.93%)

B-flat Major, E-flat Major, F Major: 10 (4.48% each)

E Major, G minor: 9 (4.03% each)

B Major, D-flat Major: 8 (3.58% each)

B minor, E minor: 7 (3.13% each)

B-flat minor, G-flat Major, F-Sharp minor: 6 (2.69% each)

A Major, D Major, E-flat minor, G Major: 5 (2.24% each)

D minor, F-Sharp Major, G-Sharp minor: 4 (1.79% each)

 

In terms of key signature:

Four Flats: 41 (18.38%)

No Flats or Sharps: 29 (13%)

Four Sharps: 24 (10.76%)

Three Flats: 21 (9.41%)

Two Flats: 19 (8.52%)

Five Flats: 14 (6.27%)

One Flat: 13 (5.82%)

One Sharp, Two Sharps, Five Sharps: 12 (5.38%)

Three Sharps, Six Flats: 11 (4.93%)

Six Sharps: 4 (1.79%)

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