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 --- bnathyuw <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> > Unusual, yes. But not impossible. You won't easily find, say,
> > a piano concerto in A flat minor, though I wouldn't be surprised
> > if the monster existed. Seven flats are really no fun to work
> > with. On the other hand, it occurs frequently within certain
> > contexts, especially in the case of
>
> well, iirc, in bach's 48 the keys used are a flat
> major and g sharp minor, except that one of the fugues
> switches half way thro
>
> might be wrong tho

No, you are definitely right. What I meant to say, is that you will rarely
encounter A flat minor as a "primary key" (this expression is probably my
programmer's background) of a piece. However, it can easily appear in a piece
that modulates to A flat minor (most likely from E flat minor) and could even
stay there for a while before modulating back. Another possibility is that it
alternates with A flat major.
I don't think you will easily find the phenomenon in Bach's works. You might
have a better chance in the works of such composers like Shostakovich and
Richard Strauss.

Jan

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