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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000301.txt from 2003/06

From: Dan Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Keys and their character
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 15:28:49 -0400

Joseph H. Fasel wrote:

> On the other hand, and perhaps in some measure of support of Dan's
> position, I vaguely recall reading some time ago that someone's
> musicological analysis of the key of D major as Bach's "key of
> joy" had been debunked, that the real reason that the joyful
> choruses in the cantatas tended to be in D was that the trumpets
> were tuned in D. But my memory can be faulty these days. Does
> anyone know about this?

Absolutely CORRECT!! In the Mozart Requiem, the strong religious
emotions of the Sanctus (Holy! Holy! Holy!) are deliberately placed in D
major because that was the common key for trumpets.

**Dan Leeson **
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