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Here's all the reasons I know of for composers to pick a certain key. Physical limitations Some instruments have/had physical limitations. For example, certain harps cannot play all keys and antique horns and trumpets only had certain pipe fittings they could use that tended to be tuned toward the flat side of the circle of fifths (Bb, Eb, etc). ...


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As others mentioned: key signatures are valid for all octaves. With one notable exception: scordatura. Scordatura notation is sometimes used for bowed string instruments. In scordatura, the strings are tuned in an uncommon pattern. The notation, however, uses normal notes in a normal staff to indicate how a note is to be fingered rather than how it is ...


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Of the 12 major keys, F#/Gb is the only one that can be reasonably notated in two ways, since Cb and C# are far more awkward than B and Db. Both F# and Gb are in common use, but Gb is rather more common. Why? If the music sticks to the diatonic major scale (as this piece largely does), then both keys are equally complicated, but major-key music often ...



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