[Dixielandjazz] Star Dust

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Tue Oct 3 21:20:59 PDT 2006

I often ask musical friends why a tune would be played in a key like Db when a
half a step down would be infinitely so much easier.  The only answer I get is
that flat keys sound better.


Russ Guarino
clarinet maven

Steve Barbone wrote:

> dingle at baldwin-net.com wrote (polite snip)
> >> Bill Haesler wrote: (also politely snipped)
> >> Was Carmichael's key D major?  I thought it
> >> was D-flat major, and I have seen it written it in Db or C, but never
> >> in D.
> > Ingle:
> > I believe it was in D-flat -- at least many of the brassplayers I know
> > play it in that key. C is more common.
> I'm with you Don and believe the correct key was Db. Some bands may play it
> in C but I think probably because it is easier for them in C. My pocket
> booklet which cross-references 2000 American Songbook tunes, alpha, by year,
> by Broadway show, by composer, by key, by bands making it famous, says Db.
> Sadly that book is no longer in print. It is invaluable when hunting for
> tunes to play at a trio or quartet gig. No charts or anything, just tune
> names. Luckily my bass and guitar guys know at least 2/3rds of them.
> Cheers,
> Steve
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