Hating C sharp major??

February 21, 2007

One of my composition students claimed today that she “hated” C sharp major. Puzzled, I froze for a moment thinking that perhaps the vibration of one of the octaves rattled her fillings or vibrated her skull in an annoying way. I pointed out that 7 sharps could be really bothersome and that D flat, the same key, has only 5 flats. It didn’t matter. She didn’t like C # major.

I raced to the piano and played the first verse of Rufus Wainwright’s “Poses” and the Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole” which are both in D flat (or C#). She changed her mind immediately.


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