Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Major v. Minor

"Some writers say that minor-keyed tunes are applied to poetry that is solemn, pensive, and melancholy; and major-keyed tunes are applied to poetry that is animated, spirited, and cheerful.  But I differ with these writers.  If that be true, why is the good old hymn, "O! when shall I see Jesus," &c., applied to tunes in the major and minor keys? and why was the hymn, "Lord, what a thoughtless wretch was I," &c., applied to Huntington in the major key, and also to Greenwich in the minor key? "
-- John G. McCurry (The Social Harp, 1855, p. 12)

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