Lecture, LSO St Luke's, Thursday, 13 Oct 2022 - 18:00

Triads, Major and Minor

a piano keyboard

The major triad is considered the foundation of tonal music, its privileged position owed to its presence in the harmonic series of acoustics. The minor triad lacks this acoustic foundation, which led to it being treated as less stable, and even pieces in a minor key usually ended on the major form of the same triad.

From the late 18th century onwards, major was paired with joy and minor with sorrow, and composers could play with these associations. 

Marina Frolova-Walker Professor of Music at Gresham College.

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker

Professor of Music

Marina Frolova-Walker is Gresham Professor of Music

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