From over on the “Disc Jockey Ann” page, here is the second movement (Allegretto) from Beethoven’s 7th in A Minor, which is at once liquid sadness, but because it oscillates into A Major, is also cautiously optimistic. Every key in music carries its own specific emotional correlation – which I find miraculous in and of itself. Why do certain keys and chords in music elicit specific, consistent emotional responses across humanity? It’s just miraculous.
The key of A Minor is sadness, straight-up. The key of A Major was described by Christian Schubart as, “suitable for declarations of innocent love, hope of seeing one’s beloved again when parting; youthful cheerfulness and trust in God.”
Yeah. That’s exactly right. Exactly. Hurts so good.