01/30/15 More on Major & Minor

For Wednesday, 2/4:
Read Prelude 2 & Chapter 12

More about major & minor:

Annie Lennox: Everytime We Say Goodbye

We said major = happy, minor = sad, but that’s just a starting point…

Major/minor is independent of:

  • Tempo (speed: slow, moderate, fast))
  • Pitch (whether notes are low, high, or in between)
  • Dynamics (range of volume: soft to loud)


What you might expect:

Major key, fast tempo:

Minor key, slow tempo


Minor key, fast tempo

Star Wars – The Imperial March

J.S. Bach: Prelude in C minor

Mozart Symphony 40

Major key, slow tempo

Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.1

Looking ahead to our musical past:

Hildegard von Bingen: Alleluia, o virga mediatrix

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