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Thread: Are there any Christmas songs in Minor keys?

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    Are there any Christmas songs in Minor keys?

    Some of you may know that I hate major keys. I think one reason why I dread the ENTIRE month of December is because of all the happiness I'm bombarded with from all these major-key christmas songs.

    I'm thinking I might be able to actually attend Christmas celebrations without hyperventilating if I'm able to request that some Christmas tunes in minor keys are played.

    Anyone know of any?
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    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

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    Damn, this is a good version of that one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONJFL4ABSmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeOfBoom View Post
    Damn, this is a good version of that one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONJFL4ABSmo
    Yeah most Christmas Carols sound pretty good like that - looks like a cool album! (Love "Silent Night"...)

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    I can't recall any from the top of my head. I agree that for the most part they are cheesy. But from my point of view they are to be listened from our inner kid more than anything else.

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    Christmas - happy time - Major key.
    Now Easter - can be sad - minor key. I'm thinking of the "Passion of the Christ" - I would suspect that would be in the minor keys, but, the resurrection portion of that story/song would move you back into happy and the Major key.

    Of course there are a lot of sad songs in major keys. Lot of Country is telling a story of "being done wrong" and it is played in a Major key. Go figure.

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    How about What child is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm View Post
    Yes, but that's the melody from Greensleeves.

    Ie, it answers the question (Christmas song in minor key), but the tune wasn't written as a Christmas song.

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    "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," is really in the Aeolian mode rather than in a minor key. It's an upbeat, cheerful piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttw View Post
    "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," is really in the Aeolian mode rather than in a minor key.
    True, melodically at least, although it's normally harmonised with a major V chord on the dominant.
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    It's an upbeat, cheerful piece.
    Right. Which gives the lie to the notion that minor key pieces are necessarily "sad".
    ("The minor key" simply includes occasional harmonic or melodic minor alterations to aeolian, which actually brighten it.

    As you imply, it's cheerful because it's upbeat. If it was played around half the speed it normally is, it wouldn't sound so "merry".

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    O Come O Come Emmanuel

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