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Very seriously, but not as scientifically as some papers and books imply. There was a huge tradition of music ethos and rhetoric, even aroused in 19th century by nationalism and idealism, and there were archetypes for feelings and contexts (as, for example, E-flat being always used in context of royalty, kingship, noble et cetera since early baroque until ...


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There are several arguments against individual keys having particular emotional meanings (called "affects" which leads to the question of effecting an affect...} One good argument against is that various lists of emotional affects of keys is that different authors had different lists. Another is that Bach (among others) transposed works freely. The ...


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In many cases, these key characteristics were the byproduct of various historical tuning systems. Many of these systems were out of date by the time the Romantic era rolled around, and in that sense these characteristics were no longer still the same. Especially with the advent of equal temperament, C major sounds just like B major, only one half step ...


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It appears that a dizi in D is easier to play than the others, and a lot of traditional music is written in that key. So there's a solution. I'd have advocated buying three or four, but they aren't cheap! Good quality, at least. Having had a look around, there are cheap ones available for £10-£20, so it's feasible to buy those three or four for some people, ...


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