Francis Scott 1779–1843 Am. lawyer & author of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Definition of KEY
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In music, system of pitches and harmonies generated from a scale of seven tones, one of which is predominantly important. Keys are a basic element of tonality and represent an outgrowth of modal music (seechurch mode). When a given piece is said to be in C, C is its tonic, or central tone. Most Western music from about 1700 until about 1900 is characterized by use of the 12 major and 12 minor keys of the tonal system.