Do you feel that musical keys have any association or relationships with non-musical entities?
e.g. with numbers, or the planets, or zodiac, etc?
In terms of feeling, I had always felt that it was standard among classical composers to associate:
- F major with bucolic, pastoral
- Bb major with hunting
- G major is a sunny, genial key
The sharp keys are generally thought of as bright, extroverted and the flat keys are subdued and earthy. Probably due to the stringed instruments (tuned with open strings in G, D, A, E) and the brass and woodwinds whose home keys are often F, Bb. The minor keys are usually thought of as gloomy, tragic, etc.
But when I googled, I kept hitting references to Christian Schubart’s Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst which I thought was way over the top. For example, Db Major is “A leering key, degenerating into grief and rapture. It cannot laugh, but it can smile; it cannot howl, but it can at least grimace its crying.–Consequently only unusual characters and feelings can be brought out in this key.”
Of course this is subjective, and only has value as entertaining speculation, but I would love to hear your opinions, perceptions of key color or associations.