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Old 28-08-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
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Musical Key Characteristics Scales - Mood

I'm new here but maybe someone will find this useful. I really like to use this before I start:

C Major
Completely Pure. Its character is: innocence, simplicity, na´vety, 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.

D♭ 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.

C# Minor
Penitential lamentation, intimate conversation with God, the friend and help-meet of life; sighs of disappointed friendship and love lie in its radius.

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.

E♭ Major
The key of love, of devotion, of intimate conversation with God.

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.

E Major
Noisy shouts of joy, laughing pleasure and not yet complete, full delight lies in E Major.

E minor
Na´ve, womanly innocent declaration of love, lament without grumbling; sighs accompanied by few tears; this key speaks of the imminent hope of resolving in the pure happiness of C 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.

A♭ Major
Key of the grave. Death, grave, putrefaction, judgment, eternity lie in its radius.

A♭ 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.

B♭ Major
Cheerful love, clear conscience, hope aspiration for a better world.

B♭ 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.

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Old 28-08-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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Re: Musical Key Characteristics Scales - Mood

Interesting info. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Musical Key Characteristics Scales - Mood

This makes about as much sense to me as reading an astrological horoscope.

In an equal tempered tuning system, where every half note step is mathematically equidistant, - every major or minor scale is fundamentally identical.

Choosing a certain scale over another can make sense in relation to the instrument you want to use, like for example if you have a singer who can't sing the high note of the tune, you move/modulate the entire thing "down". But the intervallic relationships within the scale (major or minor) remain the same.

In comparison, classic Indian raga scales use non-tempered intervals, creating a much wider range of unique scales (about 500 different scales or "modes" are commonly used). The traditional way to tune up for a raga is to have the vocalist sing the deepest note he or she is comfortable with, and then use that as the fundamental for the scale.

Note how this means, that you right from the start are outside of the western "440Hz is A", and that the actual frequency of the fundamental note is seen as irrelevant.

In my opinion this system makes it a lot more meaningful to have poetic descriptions for each scale/mode, since you'll basically have to know them by heart in order to to be able to play them. Compared to that, the western 12 note tempered system, while admittedly very practical, seems relatively unpoetical to me.

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Re: Musical Key Characteristics Scales - Mood

The OP is just copypasta.

Usually when we're referencing something, we just post the link and call it a day. Most of us have mastered the skill of clicking a link, so you don't have to go through the 'trouble'.

For future reference, of course.


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