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

Richard Hoffman richard.hoffman at belmont.edu
Thu Oct 1 13:20:09 PDT 2009

I wonder if the sad texts in major are sometimes ironic.  I've always heard Schubert's "Sehnsucht" D 310 this way--a modally mixed and tonally conflicted song fitting ironically within a solidly major framework.  For the irony to work, the stereotype would have to apply.

Rick Hoffman
Belmont University
richard.hoffman at belmont.edu

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