What "For Elise" Would Sound Like in a Major Key





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Uploaded on May 15, 2010

What if Beethoven's popular piece "For Elise" was in a major key instead of minor? For those who don't know the difference between major and minor, it's really simple: major has a "happy" sound and minor has a "sad" sound.
There are a some rules I'd like to point out about musical form. (this is for the music nerds)..FOR ALL NON-MUSIC NERDS SKIP TO THE SECOND TO LAST SENTENCE TO GET THE POINT.
If a piece were to begin in a minor key, then it is traditional to move to it's relative major. This song is no exception. Beethoven starts in A minor then moves to C major at 00:20. If a piece began in a major key already then it's "supposed" to move to a closely related key. This would mean, based on his sonatas and tradition, that it would move to the right of the circle of fifths (or in other words to a key that had one extra sharp). Here's the importance of this: based on probability, if Beethoven decided to begin For Elise in A Major then he would've moved to E major like I did 00:45 and would probably sound almost identical.
And there you have it.
You just traveled to a different time dimension on that off-chance that Beethoven wrote this for A Major. High five! Snail!

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