Of course, we all know what Spinal Tap‘s Nigel Tufnel says about D minor.
Here’s the scene:
[Nigel is playing a soft piece on the piano]
Marty DiBergi: It’s very pretty.
Nigel Tufnel: Yeah, I’ve been fooling around with it for a few months.
Marty DiBergi: It’s a bit of a departure from what you normally play.
Nigel Tufnel: It’s part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I’m working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don’t know why.
Marty DiBergi: It’s very nice.
Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like – I’m really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it’s sort of in between those, really. It’s like a Mach piece, really. It’s sort of…
Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called “Lick My Love Pump”.
No wonder today’s Brahms CD starts off somber. D minor is the saddest key of all.
But it doesn’t stay somber. Other compositions are downright lively.
The pianist on today’s CD is Louis Demetrius Alvanis. He does a fine job with all of these odds and ends from Brahms’ repertoire.
I’m gonna have to classify this as a Favorite!