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Offline vincentl

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Beginner Question on Music Theory
« on: September 22, 2010, 04:50:05 AM »
I'm sorry if this may seem TOO simple of a question and I may seem stupid to ask it, but I want some clarity on this matter.

How do you name the key of a piece? I have always thought that you name it depending on what key signature it is on, for instance, Bach's Minuet in G which has one sharp therefore G. What boggles me is that in Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66 in C# has four sharps isn't that supposed to be in E?

I hope that you would consider and give the time to answer a beginner's question. Thank you. :)
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Re: Beginner Question on Music Theory
«Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 04:53:55 AM »
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Offline vincentl

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Re: Beginner Question on Music Theory
«Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 05:23:56 AM »
Oh, now I get it, I feel really stupid not realizing sooner. Thank you very much. :)
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Re: Beginner Question on Music Theory
«Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 05:27:23 AM »
There are no stupid questions :)
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Offline keyboardclass

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Re: Beginner Question on Music Theory
«Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 05:44:07 AM »
Yeh, just stupid answers.  :)