Definition of Major key

1. Noun. A key whose harmony is based on the major scale.

Exact synonyms: Major Mode
Generic synonyms: Key, Tonality

Definition of Major key

1. Noun. (music) A musical key based upon a major scale. ¹

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Literary usage of Major key

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chambers's Information for the People: A Popular Encyclopaedia by William Chambers, Robert Chambers (1853)
"... be laid down as a general rule, that, as we may pass from a major key to a minor key on the same note (¡is from С major to С minor), or from a major key ..."

2. The Nature of Harmony and Metre by Moritz Hauptmann (1888)
"(a) In the major key. 57. To learn what chords arise from the sounding together of the limit notes, when the system reaches out to one side or the other, ..."

3. A Treatise on Counterpoint & Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Joseph Bennett (1884)
"That which has been here laid down applies to the scale of the major key. ... When a FUGUE is in a MAJOR key, the key into which we should modulate first is ..."

4. First Theory Book by Diller, Angela (1921)
"The line of least harmonic resistance from a Major center is to the Dominant major key; from a Minor center it is to the relative major key. ..."

5. Music Notation and Terminology by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1914)
"The same key-signature may stand for either one of two keys, the major key, or its relative minor, hence in order to determine in what key a melody is one ..."

6. A Dictionary of Musical Terms: Containing Upwards of 9,000 English, French by Theodore Baker (1895)
"major key, one having a major third and major sixth. .. Minor key, one having a minor third and sixth. . .Natural key, one with neither sharps nor flats in ..."

7. Harmony: A Course of Study by George Whitefield Chadwick (1922)
"MODULATION FROM A major key TO THE PARALLEL MINOR OF ITS SUBDOMINANT. When the dominant seventh is used to effect this change of key the third of the tonic ..."

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