Definitions

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  • noun music A tone four fifths below C in the cycle of fifths, intermediate between G and A, denoted A♭.
  • noun music A key or other mechanism for producing an A-flat.
  • noun music The key of A-flat major.

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Examples

  • By two-thirds of the way through the first musical paragraph, the cadence of the opening theme — — has been stretched into a gaping augmented octave, A to A-flat:

    The illegitimate nephew of Napoleon

  • By two-thirds of the way through the first musical paragraph, the cadence of the opening theme — — has been stretched into a gaping augmented octave, A to A-flat:

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The play of delicacy and power, of spare figures and massed chords in the A-flat Polonaise-Fantasie was masterfully kept in balance.

    In performance: Maurizio Pollini

  • You can improvise a phrase and as youre putting it down and playing it again, you may think wait a minute, that A-flat, no that's, no that doesnt sound right and you change things as you go along, even though youre just sketching.

    'On Sondheim:' The Musical-Theater Legend At 80

  • "Maple Leaf Rag" (1899) uses the classic A-B-A-C-D form, but puts the final D in the original key, A-flat major.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • If it didn't quite hit the sweet spot, it certainly hit a lot of good ones, and he acknowledged the happy applause with Schumann's "Des Abends" from the Fantasiestücke, rapid and lissome, and then Chopin's A-flat Waltz, Op.

    Music review: Emanuel Ax at Strathmore

  • "Maple Leaf Rag" (1899) uses the classic A-B-A-C-D form, but puts the final D in the original key, A-flat major.

    Categorical denials

  • This clip shows his way with Chopin — the arrangement, combining the "Minute" Waltz and the A-flat Polonaise, is an abomination, but it's Chopin's notes, for the most part, and Liberace shows some nice limpid fingerwork as well as a real feel for the style.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • (Post title is a direct petulantly indignant quote from Dr. Brown's "Shakespeare and Music" seminar, when, after talking for weeks about the high D-flat at the end of the mad scene in Verdi's Macbeth, the soprano on the video he showed the class chickened out and sang an A-flat instead.) posted by Matthew @ 8: 39 AM

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • (Post title is a direct petulantly indignant quote from Dr. Brown's "Shakespeare and Music" seminar, when, after talking for weeks about the high D-flat at the end of the mad scene in Verdi's Macbeth, the soprano on the video he showed the class chickened out and sang an A-flat instead.) posted by Matthew @ 8: 39 AM

    "Oh, she didn't hit it"

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