A MajorThe key of A Major has been called sincere, confident, and full of hope. In fact, 19th Century musicologist Ernst Pauer said it “excels all the other keys in portraying sincerity of feeling.” That may be, but as you can hear in the examples below, it also can be heroic, tender, and light on its feet. How many of them can you identify?

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  1. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
  2. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
  3. Bizet: Carmen Overture
  4. Chopin: ‘Military’ Polonaise, Op. 40, no. 1
  5. von Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
  6. Mozart: ‘La ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni
  7. Berlioz: ‘A Ball’ from Symphonie Fantastique
  8. MacDowell: To a Wild Rose
  9. Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, ‘Italian’
  10. Tchaikovsky: Valse from Swan Lake, Act 1
  11. Schubert: ‘Trout’ Quintet, mvt. 3 (Scherzo)
  12. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 mvt. 4