A Comparison of Dynamics in Major- and Minor-key Works
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Publisher:Empirical Musicology Review
Citation:Empirical Musicology Review, v3 n2 (April 2008), 64-68
An analysis of dynamic markings in 24 paired preludes in major and minor keys shows that the minor mode is associated with a generally lower dynamic level than the major mode. The results are consistent with observations in speech prosody, where sad or depressed speakers show reduced acoustic energy compared with normal or happy speakers.
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