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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000427.txt from 2000/09

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: [kl] Beginning and ending on the tonic
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 16:25:52 -0400

Certainly, it is safe to say that 99.9% of the music written in the
classic period began and ended on the tonic. It was with Beethoven's
1st symphony that the break began. It's a symphony in C major yet it
does not begin with a C major chord.

In the case of Mozart, even his large scale pieces ended on the same key
in which they began. The operas, for example, all show this particular
scheme. They always end in the same key in which they began.

But after 1800, the necessity to begin on the tonic was not a
compositional practice, though many composers did it.

I'm curious. Why is this question important to you?
** Dan Leeson **
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