Archive for June, 2014

A list of famous piano works and their key shifts

Here is a list of very famous piano works I listened to on a CD while working. I charted whether they were true to key, shifted during the performance or were ‘wrong’ from the start. They are all works that I have played on the piano many times.

Schubert Impromptu in A flat – no change

Chopin Etude in E – E shifting to F major

Beethoven Fur Elise – no shift from A minor

Brahms Waltz in A flat – no change

Tchaikovsky June from the Seasons – stayed in G minor

Mendelssohn Spring Song – A major throughout as written

Debussy Claire de lune – D flat shifting up to D major by the end

Beethoven Andante Favori – F major as intended

Satie Gymnopedie – A minor, no change

Chopin Nocturne in E flat – indeed

Liszt – Liebestruame (the famous one) – A flat beginning to end as penned

Schubert Impromptu in G flat – this stayed in key for a while, then shifted up to G major but it was a rather mellow G major (a key that I usually hear as clear and bright)

Mozart – Rondo alla Turca – A minor surely!

Schumann Traumerei – unshifting quiet F major as Schumann wrote it

Albeniz Tango in D – in D indeed.


So pretty much in key for these peices that I know very well. E major, D flat and G flat majors were unsteady, as reflected in previous posts. I was very pleased that A flat major behaved itself in this set.


Wrong shape for right sound

I woke up this morning with the start of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A minor D 537 going round in my head. This start powerfully and rhythmically with large A minor chords – only the occasional black note, G sharp, appears. But in my head I felt my hands shaped over the key a semitone below, G sharp minor. The gestalt is built on black notes with white ones between. g sharp minor has 5 sharps in its key signature: A minor has none. My brain had done this so that the sound of the Schubert in my head was the true A minor.

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