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Encyclopedia > C major
C major
Relative key A minor
Parallel key C minor
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
See also: C minor and C sharp minor

C major (often just C or key of C) is a musical major scale based on C, with pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C. Its key signature has no flats/sharps (see below: Diatonic Scales and Keys). Image File history File links created with GNU Lilypond File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... In music, the relative minor of a particular major key (or the relative major of a minor key) is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic, as opposed to parallel minor or major, respectively. ... Also see: A major, or A-sharp minor. ... In music, the parallel minor of a particular major key (or the parallel major of a minor key) is the key which has the same tonic and a different key signature, as opposed to relative minor (or major, respectively). ... C minor (abbreviated Cm) is a minor scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat (often raised to B natural to function as a leading tone) and C. Its key signature consists of three flats. ... C minor (abbreviated Cm) is a minor scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat (often raised to B natural to function as a leading tone) and C. Its key signature consists of three flats. ... Also see: C-sharp major, or C minor. ... In music theory, the major scale is one of the diatonic scales. ... This key signature – A major or F# minor – consists of three sharps placed after the clef In musical notation, a key signature is a series of sharp symbols or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating notes that are to be consistently played one semitone higher or lower than the...


Its relative minor is A minor, and its parallel minor is C minor. Some instruments, such as the piano, are tuned in C. In music, the relative minor of a particular major key (or the relative major of a minor key) is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic, as opposed to parallel minor or major, respectively. ... Also see: A major, or A-sharp minor. ... In music, the parallel minor of a particular major key (or the parallel major of a minor key) is the key which has the same tonic and a different key signature, as opposed to relative minor (or major, respectively). ... C minor (abbreviated Cm) is a minor scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat (often raised to B natural to function as a leading tone) and C. Its key signature consists of three flats. ...


C major is one of the most commonly used key signatures in music. Most transposing instruments playing in their home key are notated in C major; for example, a clarinet in B flat sounding a B flat major scale is notated as playing a C major scale. The white keys of the piano correspond to the C major scale (however, some electronic keyboards are in B flat). A harp tuned to C major has all its pedals in the middle position. A transposing instrument is a musical instrument whose music is written at a pitch different from concert pitch. ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... Also see: B-flat minor, or B major. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... For other uses, see Harp (disambiguation). ...

A one-octave C major scale.
A one-octave C major scale.

19 of Joseph Haydn's 104 symphonies are in C major, making it his second most often used main key, second only to D major. Of the 134 symphonies mistakenly attributed to Haydn that H. C. Robbins Landon lists in his catalog, 33 of them are in C major, more than any other key. Before the invention of the valve trumpet, Haydn did not write trumpet and timpani parts in his symphonies, except those in C major. H. C. Robbins Landon writes that it wasn't "until 1774 that Haydn uses trumpets and timpani in a key other than C major ... and then only sparingly." Image File history File links C_Major_scale_(up_and_down). ... Image File history File links C_Major_scale_(up_and_down). ... In music, a scale is a collection of musical notes that provides material for part or all of a musical work. ... “Haydn” redirects here. ... Also see: D minor, or D-flat major. ... Howard Chandler Robbins Landon (born March 6, 1926) is a musicologist. ...


Many Masses and Te Dea in the Classical era were in C major. Mozart wrote most of his Masses in C major. Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise. ...


Of Franz Schubert's two symphonies in the key, the first is called the "Little C major" and the second the "Great C major." Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. ...


Although not that difficult for a guitar, C major is not considered ideal for the instrument. The three notes of the dominant chord (G, B & D) are available as open strings, but the root of the tonic chord is not. For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ...


French composers such as Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Rameau generally thought of C major as a key for happy music, but Hector Berlioz in 1856 described it as "serious but deaf and dull." Ralph Vaughan Williams was impressed by Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 in C major and remarked that only Sibelius could make the key sound fresh. However, C major was a key of great importance in Sibelius's previous symphonies.[1] Claude Debussy, noted for composing music that avoided a particular key center, once said, "I do not believe in the supremacy of the C major scale." Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - February 24, 1704) was a French composer of the Baroque era. ... Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques André Joseph Aved, 1728 Jean-Philippe Rameau (French IPA: ) (September 25, 1683 - September 12, 1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. ... Painting of Berlioz by Gustave Courbet, 1850. ... A statue of Ralph Vaughan Williams in Dorking. ... Johan Julius Christian Jean / Janne Sibelius ( ; December 8, 1865 – September 20, 1957) was a Finnish composer of classical music and one of the most notable composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Claude Debussy, photo by Félix Nadar, 1908. ... Atonality describes music not conforming to the system of tonal hierarchies, which characterizes the sound of classical European music between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. ...


In musical catalogs that sort the musical pieces by key, whether they go by semitones or along the circle of fifths, they almost always begin with those pieces in C major.


A notable modern use of the key is Terry Riley's In C, often considered to be the first minimalist composition. Terry Riley – (Portrait by Betty Freeman) Terry Riley (born 24 June 1935) is an American composer associated with the minimalist school. ... In C is an aleatoric musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for any number of people, although a group of about 35 is desired if possible but smaller or larger groups will work[1]. As its title suggests, it is in the key of C, the simplest key...


Most slot machines sounds are in C-major to avoid sounding dark or sinister.[2] Slot machines in the Trump Taj Mahal A slot machine is a certain type of gambling machine. ...


The default new document in most music notation software (like Finale and Sibelius) is in C major. Finale is the flagship program of a series of scorewriters created by MakeMusic for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Several less expensive versions of Finale, with subsets of the main programs features, are made. ... It has been suggested that SibeliusMusic be merged into this article or section. ...


Well-known classical compositions in this key

See also List of symphonies in C major. “Bach” redirects here. ... The Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801, also known as the Two and Three Part Inventions, are a collection of thirty short keyboard compositions composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of fifteen inventions (two-part fugues) and fifteen sinfonias (three-part fugues). ... Title-page of Das wohtemperierte Klavier A flat major (As-dur) fugue from the second part of Das wohtemperierte Klavier (manuscript) The Well-Tempered Clavier (Das wohltemperierte Klavier in German -- Klavier means piano, but the English word clavier (which means keyboard) looks more like the German title) consists of two... The Piano Sonata No. ... “Mozart” redirects here. ... The Fantasie in C major, Op. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 was later reworked by the composer as a flute concerto in D major. ... This is a list of symphonies in C major, to include all symphonies in the key of C major written by notable composers, even when the particular symphony in question is one of the least performed by a famous composer. ...


Well-known contemporary music in this key

All the Small Things is a song by Blink-182 from their 1999 album Enema of the State. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the EP by this name, see Birdhouse in Your Soul (EP). ... This article is about the musical group. ... Breakaway is a 2004 song co-written by Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard, produced by John Shanks and recorded by pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer. ... Common People is a song by the band Pulp. ... Pulp were a rock band, formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, by then 15-year-old school boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Great Balls of Fire is a 1957 song by written by Otis Blackwell and sung by Jerry Lee Lewis. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American Rock and Roll tributary and famous inventor of Rock and Roll music, country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... For other uses, see Hallelujah (disambiguation). ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... Heart and Soul can refer to: Heart and Soul, the Joy Division box set Heart and Soul, a popular song by Joy Division and the song which the aforementioned box set is named after Heart and Soul, a popular song by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael which has been recorded... Album cover of Bridge of Spies by TPau TPau was a late 1980s rock group led by singer Carol Decker. ... I Am a Rock is a song written by Paul Simon. ... The duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are American popular musicians known collectively as Simon and Garfunkel. ... I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues is a song by British singer Elton John featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Imagine is a utopian-themed song performed by John Lennon, which appears on his 1971 album, Imagine. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Its Not Unusual is Tom Jones signature song. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye was a song written and recorded by Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, and Paul Leka; attributed to a then fictitious band Steam, it was released under the Mercury subsidiary label Fontana. ... Steam was a pop music group from Bridgeport, Connecticut, best known for the 1969 #1 hit song Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye written by Gary De Carlo, Paul Leka and Dale Frashuer. ... Audio sample Jump is a song recorded by the rock group Van Halen. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon/McCartney), and was released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970, and later the same year as the title track of their album, Let It Be. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Highway 61 Revisited track listing Like a Rolling Stone (1) Tombstone Blues (2) Music sample: Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone 30 seconds (of 6:10) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Merrily We Roll Along is a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and a musical loosely based on it by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... Philosophy, φιλοσοφια Philosophy, a song by Tom Snare Philosophy, a brand of cosmetics. ... Piano Man can refer to: Piano Man (album) or Piano Man (song), both by Billy Joel. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Raiders March is the theme song, by John Williams, to the 1981 Paramount Pictures film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. ... Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... For other persons named John Williams, see John Williams (disambiguation). ... Rockin the Suburbs is a song by Ben Folds on the album of the same name. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Sherry solera For other uses, see Sherry (disambiguation). ... Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934[1] in the First Ward of Newark, New Jersey as Francis Stephen Castelluccio) is best known as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, a music act of the 1960s, which continued from then to the 1970s disco scene to the present day. ... The Four Seasons can refer to: The annual cycle of the astronomical, geographic, and climatic phenomenon of season The Four Seasons, a singing group led by Frankie Valli; The Four Seasons, the collective name for four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi; The Four Seasons, the collective name for four tangos... Solsbury Hill is a song by British musician Peter Gabriel, about spending a moment of reflection atop Solsbury Hill in Somerset, England. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... For other uses, see High School Musical (disambiguation). ... Zachary David Alexander Efron(born October 18, 1987) is an American actor. ... 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Tiny Dancer is a 1971 song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, which appears on Johns fifth album, Madman Across the Water. ... True love can refer to: True love, the emotion of love True Love (Asimov), a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov True Love (Fumiya Fujii song), a 1993 song by Fumiya Fujii. ... Glenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan[1]) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the founding members of rock band Eagles. ... Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some counts having spawned over 500 versions. ... The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ... Who Let The Dogs Out? is a song written and originally recorded by Anslem Douglas for Trinidad and Tobagos Carnival season of 1998. ... Baha Men is the name of a pop group that plays a modernized style of Bahamian folk music called Junkanoo. ... Written in the Stars is a single released in 1999 by LeAnn Rimes and Elton John. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American country music singer and occasional Songwriter. ...

References

  1. ^ Philip Coad, "Sibelius" in A Guide to the Symphony edited by Robert Layton. Oxford University Press. Sibelius's Seventh "is in C major, and a look back at the previous four symphonies [by Sibelius] will reveal how great the domination of C major has been [in his music]. It is the key of the Third, the relative major of the Fourth and the important 'neutral agent' in its Finale, the key which first forces away the tonic in the Fifth's Finale, and the principal opposition — the key of the brass — in the Sixth. Although it is now the tonic key, C major is also strongly associated with brass in the Seventh Symphony."
  2. ^ Doesn't money sound great? http://www.video-poker-pages.com/articles/soundofmoney.html
  • David Wyn Jones, "The Beginning of the Symphony", chapter in A Guide to the Symphony edited by Robert Layton. Oxford University Press.
  • H. C. Robbins Landon, Haydn: The Symphonies BBC Music Guides
Diatonic Scales and Keys
Flats Sharps
Major minor Major minor
0 C (Major), a (minor)
1 F d G e
2 B g D b
3 E c A f
4 A f E c
5 D b B g
6 G e F d
7 C a C a
                    lower case letters are minor                         [redisplay]

the table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale Howard Chandler Robbins Landon (born March 6, 1926) is a musicologist. ... In music theory, a diatonic scale (from the Greek diatonikos, to stretch out; also known as the heptatonia prima; set form 7-35) is a seven-note musical scale comprising five whole-tone and two half-tone steps, in which the half tones are maximally separated. ... In music, a scale is a collection of musical notes that provides material for part or all of a musical work. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... Image File history File links Circle_of_fifths. ... Figure 1. ... Figure 1. ... In music theory, the major scale is one of the diatonic scales. ... A minor scale in musical theory is a diatonic scale whose third scale degree is an interval of a minor third above the tonic. ... In music theory, the major scale is one of the diatonic scales. ... A minor scale in musical theory is a diatonic scale whose third scale degree is an interval of a minor third above the tonic. ... Also see: A major, or A-sharp minor. ... Also see: F minor, or F-sharp minor. ... D minor is a minor scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, C, and D (natural minor scale). ... Also see: G minor, or G-sharp minor. ... Also see: E major, or E flat minor. ... Also see: B-flat minor, or B major. ... Also see: G major, or G-sharp minor. ... Also see: D minor, or D-flat major. ... B minor is a minor scale based on B, consisting of the pitches B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A and B. (natural minor scale - the harmonic minor scale contains a A# instead of a A). ... Also see: E-flat minor, or E major. ... C minor (abbreviated Cm) is a minor scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat (often raised to B natural to function as a leading tone) and C. Its key signature consists of three flats. ... A major is a major scale based on A, consisting of the pitches A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G♯, and A. Its key signature consists of three sharps. ... Also see: F-sharp major, or F minor. ... Also see: A-flat minor, or A major. ... Also see: F major, or F-sharp minor. ... Also see: E minor, or E flat major. ... Also see: C-sharp major, or C minor. ... Also see: D-flat minor, or D major. ... Also see: B-flat major, or B minor. ... Also see: B minor, or B flat major. ... G sharp minor is a minor scale based on G sharp, consisting of the pitches G sharp, A sharp, B, C sharp, D sharp, E, F double sharp and G sharp (harmonic minor scale). ... Also see: G flat minor, or G major. ... E flat minor is a minor scale based on E flat, consisting of the pitches E flat, F, G flat, A flat, B flat, C flat, D flat, and E flat (natural minor scale – the harmonic minor scale contains a D instead of a D flat). ... F sharp major is a major scale based on F sharp, consisting of the pitches F sharp, G sharp, A sharp, B, C sharp, D sharp, E sharp (enharmonic to F natural) and F sharp. ... D sharp minor is a minor scale based on D sharp, consisting of the pitches D sharp, E sharp, F sharp, G sharp, A sharp, B, C double sharp and D sharp. ... C flat major is a major scale based on C flat, consisting of the pitches C flat, D flat, E flat, F flat, G flat, A flat, B flat and C flat. ... A flat minor is a minor scale based on A flat, consisting of the pitches A flat, B flat, C flat, D flat, E flat, F flat, G flat. ... C sharp major is a major scale based on C sharp, consisting of the pitches C sharp, D sharp, E sharp (enharmonic to F natural), F sharp, G sharp, A sharp, B sharp (enharmonic to C natural) and C sharp. ... A sharp minor is a minor scale based on A sharp. ... The Circle of fifths, text table, shows the number of flats or sharps in each of the diatonic musical scales/keys. ...

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C major (often just C) is a musical major scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C.
Most transposing instruments playing in their home key are notated in C major, for example, a clarinet in B-flat playing a B-flat major scale is notated as playing a C major scale.
Although not terribly difficult for a guitar, C major is not considered ideal for the instrument.
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