minor key


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minor key

n
(Music, other) music a key based on notes taken from a corresponding minor scale
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Noun1.minor key - a key based on the minor scaleminor key - a key based on the minor scale  
tonality, key - any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
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Following on the Odes, we have much written in the same style, more often than not by women, or songs possibly written to be sung by them, always in a minor key, fraught with sadness, yet full of quiet resignation and pathos.
We take all things in a minor key as we grow older.
I have a liking for such days as these; they revive one's converse with oneself and make it possible to live the inner life: they are quiet and peaceful, like a song in a minor key.
     To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.
With the aurora borealis flaming coldly overhead, or the stars leaping in the frost dance, and the land numb and frozen under its pall of snow, this song of the huskies might have been the defiance of life, only it was pitched in minor key, with long- drawn wailings and half-sobs, and was more the pleading of life, the articulate travail of existence.
Her lost-love songs, like House of Cards, and Do You Think About Me, have an escalating desperation; even a song with a happy ending, the soul-style Before You Called Me Baby, opens and closes in a minor key and dwells on how the singer used to be"messed up, wandering, broke down, stumbling, running for my life.
Moyes stuffs the plot with action, incident and moments that tug at your heartstrings, albeit in a more minor key than Me Without You's extreme emotional pyrotechnics.
Moyes stuffs the plot with action, incident and moments that tug at your heartstrings - albeit in a more minor key than Me Without You's extreme emotional pyrotechnics.
They're funny-sorrowful, melodies in a minor key, tonally Jewish.
Here was his tender moment: He sang the melodious theme in the minor key which disclosed a well-tempered temperament.
April's increase was driven by palm oil prices and, in a minor key, cereals, while sugar prices tapered down after a strong increase in March.
Conceived in the same delicate minor key as her earlier films ("In Between Days," "Treeless Mountain" and "For Ellen"), So Yong Kim's fourth feature dances nervously but gracefully around a love that not only dares not speak its name, but can barely even figure itself out.

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