How does Db Major differ from D Major?
October 6, 2012 7:13 PM Subscribe
Do the keys of 'D major' and 'Db Major' sound different on a modern piano?
posted by woodblock100 to media & arts (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I was listening to a BBC radio program this morning when the announcer introduced the next piece - Chopin's Nocturne in D flat major - with the phrase, "... bathed in the glow of the key of Db Major ..."
I could understand that if this were, say, a violin sonata, a piece in Db would use far fewer open strings than one in D, and thus have a different 'tone' - darker perhaps - but in the case of a modern equally tempered piano, surely the only difference would be that the piece in Db would use more black keys. The fingering patterns would thus differ, but surely down inside the piano itself, there would be no reason for the half-tone difference to result in any appreciable/audible result (except perhaps for those with perfect pitch ...)