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

Jill T. Brasky jill.t.brasky at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 11:17:30 PDT 2009

Another unhappy, major-mode work: "Danny Boy."

Best wishes,

On Oct1, 2009, at 12:45 PM, Randolph Johnson wrote:

> 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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