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posted: 4/18/2006 at 2:46:39 PM ET
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When a piece of music (i am a novice) is said to be in for instance f minor or g major, what does it mean, does it apply to the whole piece.

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posted: 4/18/2006 at 3:43:29 PM ET
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well it applies to how many sharps or flats are in the piece.

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posted: 4/18/2006 at 3:49:35 PM ET
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When a piece is said to be in a specific key, that key will be represented in the key signature at the beginning of the piece(Bb Major is has two flats, G Major has one sharp, etc.).

Although the piece may move into other keys as it moves along ( and change its key signature) it usually will start and end in the same key. Often you can tell what key a piece of music is in just by looking at the last note of the piece. Chances are that if it is in g minor the last note will be a concert g.

The name of the key refers to the strongest note in the piece. Sometimes you will hear this note called the "tonic." If you are in Db Major the tonic is the note Db. If the piece or a phrase of the piece does not end on this tonic note it will sound like the song is not really finished. Returning to the tonic gives the song or part of the song a sense of finality.

As for major and minor, major keys tend to sound stronger and happier. Minor keys sound sad because they take a few notes of the major scale and lower them to achieve the effect that the composer wants.

Chad Criswell
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Western Dubuque High School

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posted: 4/18/2006 at 9:41:30 PM ET
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I think this will be of help - http://musiced.about.com/

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