HOW MOZART TREATS A GRAVE MATTER
Mozart- the “Graveyard Key” in his Opera Don Giovanni. Mozart’s graveyard key is the key of four sharps. Why? As per Alfred Einstein (not Albert) in his book, Mozart, His Character, His Work,, the key of 4 sharps surpasses the number of sharps or flats used in all the other major numbers in the opera. It is “beyond the pale” so to say.Einstein discusses how the of key signatures are pivoted by D major of 2 sharps; and D minor of one flat… with their related keys. A related key signature differs only by one sharp or flat from the primary key or keys.
Beethoven also uses the key of four sharps for a great contrast, though not of a graveyard import. In his Waldstein piano sonata No.21 opus Opus 53 in C major (key no sharps or flats),the opening theme has a vibrant and youthful rhythmic pulse which is contrasted by a second or “sub theme” that is beautiful in a lyrical way to the max.
THE GHOSTS ARE OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD ON OUR OPERA
The featured picture here is not the grave scene from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; rather it is the Ghost scene from our opera, The Cup of Cleopatra, posted as a product on this website.The two ghosts are played and sung by David Powers,on the left, as Julius Caesar’s ghost; and Joseph Fast as the Ghost of Marc Antony. They are singing about how to keep Cleopatra alive. You can view excerpts of the our performance at the Palladium Theater on our products page at the top of our website-DSOworks.com. Oh yes, all operas, including ours, need backing and financial assistance; otherwise, culture can come to a clashing stop, and then where are we?
MY UPCOMING BOOK, MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, INCLUDES KEY SIGNATURES, WATCH FOR IT ON PRODUCTS PAGE
I’m will be blogging more about key signatures because of my upcoming original book to be posted as a product on this website (DSOworks.com) entitled Music Under the Zodiac. As a long time composer, who has encountered so much resistance and negativity to my writing of music, I welcome the age of websites and computers as a way of taking ones work directly to the public. -David