After writing the previous post, I wondered to myself:
How I would know that E flat major had gone the way of E major. What would represent the final nails in the key’s coffin?
This train of thought was set off by Elgar’s overture In the South that was the track on the CD in my car as I drove back from work late on New Year’s night. I don’t know which key he wrote it in but I suspect it was E flat because it sounded like E major to me. Elgar and E flat means Nimrod and the second symphony.
I thought, “I will know that E flat major is gone forever when Nimrod and the middle section of Jupiter from Holst’s Planets are heard in E major.” A day I don’t look forward to.