The Signature Series

The Signature Series by producer Paolo Pietropaolo and co-producer Denise Ball is a music program that explores the personality behind the key signatures of music by personifying each of the 24 keys as a person.

When I was a kid, like many kids, I took piano lessons. I remember in my imagination all the different notes had their own personalities. I don’t know why, but I felt particularly sympathetic towards C-sharp. I felt sorry for him, for some reason. I wasn’t overly fond of F-sharp, and E always seemed cheerful.

Who knows what prompted these childlike musings. Perhaps the monotony of practicing scales (at which I was never very good – neither the monotony, nor the scales.)

Lately I’ve had a chance to revisit the idea of each note having its own characteristics with a new series I’ve been working on for CBC Radio called The Signature Series. If A Major were a person, who would she be?

Here’s how it works:

1. Select a musical key.

2. Gather the most famous melodies composed in that key.

3. Mash them up.

4. Meet the person behind the key.


All Episodes

B minor: The Dark Romantic

B minor: The Dark Romantic Also known as:The Gloomy Gus.The Pessimist....

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D major: Miss Congeniality

D major: Miss Congeniality Also known as:The Workaholic.The Homecoming Queen. D...

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A major: The Will-o’-the-wisp

If A major were a person, who would she be? Here’s how The...

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G minor: The Contrarian

G minor: The ContrarianAlso known as:The Moody Teenager.The Complicated ManG minors...

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