Environmental Pitches Remind Me of Classical Music Tunes

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Do various classical music tunes/themes come to mind when you hear environmental tones? What do I mean by environmental tones? Well, the hum of an elevator for example. There is one that I ride frequently that makes me think of Brahms violin concerto. Could it be that the pitch of the elevator hum is a D? Maybe?

The other day I was sitting in the MRI control room watching a YouTube video of a flash mob doing Beethoven’s 9th. I noticed that the pulsation of the MRI was right in tune with the flash mob rendition of Ode to Joy. I pulled out my smartphone and went to the tuner app. I hummed the tone of the MRI and low and behold it was a “D”. Beethoven’s 9th is in D minor but the triumphal part of the last movement is in D major. Yeah? Is there something about the key of D? Or maybe there is something deep within me that identifies with what key of D is all about? Of course the key of D major is a great key to use for a violin concerto. The strings all resonate sympathetically with D. So Brahms is joined by Tchaikowsky, Beethoven, Mozart x2, etc. I’ve always loved Brahms second symphony.

If this ever happens to you please let me know. It could be the basis of an interesting piece especially if individuals have a tendency to notice tones that are the same pitch. Looks like my pitch might be D.

In the meantime I’m practicing up for our next concert. We are doing Echoes of Ossian, the Tchaikowsy Festival Overture on the Danish National Anthem, and Carl Nielsen Symphony #1. I’m playing the low parts this time around. My Briz 2000G really comes through for me in the low range just as it does in the higher ranges. I hope I am not getting lazy because the Briz is so easy to play? Or maybe it is so much fun to play I am practicing more?

 

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