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The Pastoral Key of F Major…

Although it’s entirely subjective, and boils down to the choice of the composer, pieces are written in different keys for a reason. Music scholars and composers have weighed in over the centuries about the characteristics of the different keys, and rarely come to a consensus. For F Major, several descriptions include words like ‘calm,’ ‘mild,’ and ‘contemplative.’ There’s also a bit of an association with rustic or pastoral scenes, helped along in no small way by Beethoven.

The Pastoral Key of F Major…

Here are the 11 selections used (click and scroll down to make them visible – mobile device users, keep scrolling down):

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” 
  2. Dvorak: String Quartet  No. 12, op. 96  “American”
  3. Joplin: Solace
  4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, mvt. ii
  5. Ravel: String Quartet
  6. Vivaldi: ‘Autumn’ from the Four Seasons, mvt. iii
  7. Brahms: Symphony No. 3
  8. Chopin: Ballade No. 2, op 38
  9. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 2, mvt. iii
  10. Schumann: Concertpiece for 4 Horns, op. 86
  11. Gershwin: Concerto in F (finale)

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
  2. Dvorak: String Quartet  No. 12, op. 96  “American”
  3. Joplin: Solace
  4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, mvt. ii
  5. Ravel: String Quartet
  6. Vivaldi: ‘Autumn’ from the Four Seasons, mvt. iii
  7. Brahms: Symphony No. 3
  8. Chopin: Ballade No. 2, op 38
  9. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 2, mvt. iii
  10. Schumann: Concertpiece for 4 Horns, op. 86
  11. Gershwin: Concerto in F (finale)

 

Written by:
Jeffrey Freymann
Jeffrey Freymann
Published on 06.03.2019