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    B♭ G D D

    Post  George on Sat 02 Dec 2017, 09:19

    In the open circle at Woodford Spiritualist Church last night, I gave a message to John: Richard Strauß’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24), and the key of G minor featuring the notes B♭ G D D. “It’s German,” I said. Well, in German notation, that would be rendered B G D D – which would stand for Birth, Growth, Development, Death. We are born, we grow, we develop, and we die. Indeed, if I were a composer, I would compose a tone poem in G minor on the Cycle of Life; it would incorporate the four-note motif and explore the four aspects of Birth, Growth, Development, and Death. And I might even give it a German title, Zyklus des Lebens, just to show off.



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    Post  Sylvia on Sat 02 Dec 2017, 10:58

    Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration begins in C minor and ends in C major – keys which are traditionally associated with works of a heroic nature.
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    Post  George on Tue 19 Dec 2017, 09:06

    On the other hand:

    G minor has been considered the key through which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart best expressed sadness and tragedy, and many of his minor key works are in G minor.

    Wikipedia.



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    Post  Sylvia on Tue 02 Jan 2018, 06:07

    A moment ago, I enjoyed listening to the Strauss tone poem in “Through the Night” (presented by Catriona Young) on BBC Radio 3, the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Samo Hubad.
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    Post  George on Mon 12 Mar 2018, 06:04

    A moment ago, I enjoyed listening to Camille Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre, Op. 40, in “Through the Night” with Catriona Young, played by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra with Kjell Seim as conductor. This short tone poem, which features a solo violin with the E-string tuned down a semitone to E♭ (a technique known as scordatura), is in G minor.



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