It’s been called “the brightest and most powerful key” that expresses “joy, magnificence, splendor, and the highest brilliancy.” E Major can sound shimmering, as violins can play their highest string without putting a finger on the fingerboard – but Beethoven never wrote a symphony in the key, and some of the pieces with great E major melodies were middle and last movements of pieces in other keys.

Can you name these works? Click and drag over the white space below to highlight the answers:

  1. Ponchielli: ‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda
  2. RossiniWilliam Tell Overture
  3. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, mvt. 3
  4. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2, mvt 2
  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, finale
  6. WagnerTannhauser Overture
  7. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  8. Grieg: ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt
  9. Chopin: Etude, Op. 10, no. 3 ‘Tristesse’
  10. Vivaldi: ‘Spring’ from the Four Seasons
  11. RossiniWilliam Tell Overture

 

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