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Major minor minor major

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:04 pm
by timgill
A few nights ago I got together with a few (admittedly slightly inebriated) friends and we thought we'd try out some well-known pieces in the major key (where they were originally minor) and vice versa, on the piano. Some of them worked quite well, particularly the Chopin funeral march from the 2nd sonata - the middle part was particularly lovely in D flat minor. The Beethoven "Moonlight" sonata didn't go so well, but we tried a few others using the same trick. We all agreed that they sounded familiar, but "wrong", so I was wondering whether, in a more sober state of course, you might like to try out a few more and post your opinions on the results?

Have fun, as always


Re: Major minor minor major

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:15 am
by Jean-Séb
Interesting. We have an idea of the result with the numerous sets of variations composed on a given thema, with always a few variations in an alternative mode (minor or major).

Re: Major minor minor major

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:05 pm
by Timtin
Interesting indeed! I'd venture to suggest that quite a number of
Bach's 48 could be transmogrified in this manner with reasonably
convincing results.