Major to Minor and Minor to Major

When composers write music, one of the most important decisions they need to make is which key to write in. As a general rule (although there are plenty of exceptions!), music written in a major key sounds happy and music written in a minor key sounds sad.

But what happens if you change the key of a well-known piece of music? Every once in a while, arrangers like to find out.

Below are two examples of music with key swaps. The first is a major song written in minor and the second is a minor song now written in major.

There are plenty more examples on Youtube, of popular songs and videogame music alike–even some Beethoven. Why not check a few of them out?

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