[Smt-talk] Pieces contrary to the minor/major = sad/non-sad stereotype

MICHAEL MORSE mwmorse at bell.net
Thu Oct 1 10:03:21 PDT 2009

  EVERYone will cite this, so I'm in a hurry to get there first!: Cavatiba, Quartet #13 in Bb, opus 130, LvB; sometimes called the saddest piece of music ever written..

Pbgh Trent
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 12:45:45 -0400
From: randolph.johnson at gmail.com
To: smt-talk at societymusictheory.org
Subject: [Smt-talk] Pieces contrary to the minor/major = sad/non-sad	stereotype

I'm interested in identifying pieces that are contrary to the
minor = sad stereotype.  For example, no one would consider
Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca" to be "sad" even though it is
(mostly) in the minor mode.  At the same time, the aria

"He Was Despised" in Handel's Messiah is very sad, but
in the major mode.

Any suggestions about other works that go contrary to
the stereotype? I'm especially interested in nominally "sad" works

in the major mode and "non-sad" works in the minor mode.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Randolph Johnson
randolph.johnson at gmail.com
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