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A Key of Elation and Contemplation

In 1876, a musicologist described the key of G Major as a “favorite key of youth…  [It] expresses sincerity of faith, quiet love, calm meditation, simple grace, pastoral life, and a certain humor and brightness.” As can be heard from the selections below, it does seem to work well whether one is suggesting elation or contemplation.

A Key of Elation and Contemplation

Here are the pieces in the medley: (Click and drag down to highlight and make visible)

  1. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
  2. Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
  3. Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance (Trepak) from Nutcracker Suite
  4. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K.525
  5. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (mvt. 3)
  6. Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
  7. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  8. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (‘Pathetique’) mvt. 3
  9. Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 (‘Gypsy Rondo’) mvt. 3
  10. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
  11. Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, mvt. 4
  12. Bach: Goldberg Variations – Aria
  13. Grieg: Holberg Suite

 

Written by:
Jeffrey Freymann
Jeffrey Freymann
Published on 05.11.2018