Welcome readers to the key of A minor, the CBC Signature Series continues and as always, you will have to go over to the CBC Radio 2 site to listen to the music and voice-over by Paolo Pietropaolo. 

A minor: The Faded Beauty

Also known as:
The Wilted Rose.

The Cougar.

A minors you might know:
Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.
Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire.
Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls.

The notes: A – B – C – D – E – F – G♯ – A.

Number of sharps/flats: none.

Relative major: C major.

What they said about A minor in the 18th century:
“The worst key of all, so sleepy, phlegmatic, that it should be perhaps the least used.” – J.J.H. Ribock, 1783

“Extremely lugubrious and gloomy. It is little practised; if so it expresses slaughters, massacres, and funeral dirges.” – Francesco Galeazzi, 1796

More A minor listening:
Piano Sonata No. 8 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Cello Concerto by Robert Schumann.