In "Sleeping Beauty", Tchaikovsky came up with a shorthand way of deciding if a piece was intended to advance the plot or give the dancer a chance to show off his or her chops. In that ballet, numbers in keys related to A Major are to advance the plot, and numbers in keys related to B-flat Major are there for the dancers to show off.
If you have perfect pitch, you don't even need to watch the ballet to know what Tchaikovsky's intent was.
posted on 12/10/2007 11:52:49 AM PST
(A = A)
I don't have perfect pitch, but my poor husband does.
It's a real curse, you have no idea how painful it is when folks are just a little bit off! And when something is transposed, and he's looking at the original score, it sends him into a tailspin.
posted on 12/10/2007 11:59:30 AM PST
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