Another instalment in The Signature Series:
Also known as:
The Homecoming Queen.
The notes: D – E – F♯ – G – A – B – C♯ – D.
Number of sharps: two.
Relative minor: B minor.
What they said about D major in the 18th century:
“The key of triumph, of Hallelujahs, of war-cries, of victory-rejoicing.” – Christian Schubart, 1784
“Enflames the heart. The spirit … is roused to impudent, joyful, even to somewhat boisterous songs of praise. Even the god of thunder has a claim to this key.” – Georg Joseph Vogler, 1779
More D major listening:
The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
Note: Historical quotes and translations from A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries, by Rita Steblin, UMI Research Press (1983).