A major: The Will-o’-the-wisp
If A major were a person, who would she be?
Here’s how The Signature Series works:
1. Select a musical key.
2. Gather the most famous melodies composed in that key.
3. Mash up.
4. Meet the person behind the key.
To get to know A major, click on the orange play button. Follow along with the pop-up comments to find out what composition is playing.
Also known as:
The Problem Child.
The notes: A – B – C♯ – D – E – F♯ – G♯ – A.
Number of sharps: three.
Relative minor: F-sharp minor.
What they said about A major in the 18th century:
“Expression of joy, cheerfulness, dancing. Beautiful Saxon-green, refreshing aroma of lemons.” – J.J.H. Ribock, 1783
“Women and their sweet passions.” – Johann Jakob Heinse, 1795
More A major listening:
The Celebrated Minuet by Luigi Boccherini.
The Kreutzer Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Note: Historical quotes and translations from A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries, by Rita Steblin, UMI Research Press (1983).