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Key Signatures

There are 24 key signatures that you can sponsor - donations of £250 or more are eligible to choose one of the key signatures. Many have already gone - so please act quickly to reserve one. Maybe you have a favourite piece of music in that key?

Piano Keys

The Piano has 88 keys - each is available to sponsor and we ask a minimum donation of £100 to "own" a key

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To find out which key signatures or keys are still available, please Contact Us. We can advise on how to hit the right note!

Key Signatures - donations 
of £250 or more

Selected characteristics from Christian Schubart's book  "Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst (1806); Notable Works in This Key

All Key Signatures have now either been taken or reserved but there are still more than 70 Piano Keys available. (Some of the reserved may be given up so do email us if you are interested.)
  • C Major TAKEN @ £500
    Completely Pure. Its character is: innocence, simplicity, naivety; Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Ravel’s Bolero
  • C minor TAKEN @ £500
    Declaration of love and at the same time the lament of unhappy love. All languishing, longing, sighing of the love-sick soul lies in this key; Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto
  • D♭ Major TAKEN @ £250
    Grief and rapture...Only unusual characters & feelings can be brought out in this key; Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude, Rachmaninov’s 18th Paganini Variation
  • C# minor TAKEN @£1000
    Lamentation, intimate conversation with God, the friend and helpmeet of life…; Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Mahler’s 5th Symphony, Chaminade's Konzertstück
  • D Major TAKEN @ £1000
    The key of triumph, of Halleluiahs, of war-cries, of victory-rejoicing. … inviting symphonies, the marches, holiday songs & heaven-rejoicing choruses; Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Haydn’s “London” Symphony, Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges' Violin Concerto Op. 3 No. 1
  • D minor TAKEN @ £250
    Melancholy … the spleen, and humours brood; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto
  • E♭ Major TAKEN @ £250
    The key of love, of devotion, of intimate conversation with God; Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, Elgar’s “Nimrod” (fr Enigma Variations), Hensel's String Quartet, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (1st/3rd movement)
  • D#/E♭ minor TAKEN @ 250
    Every fear, every hesitation of the shuddering heart… If ghosts could speak, their speech would approximate this key; Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8, No. 12, Schumann’s “Manfred” Overture, Paul Desmond’s “Take Five”
  • E Major TAKEN @ £250
    Noisy shouts of joy, laughing pleasure and not yet complete, full delight; Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto, Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture, Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture
  • E minor TAKEN @ £1000
    Naïve, innocent declaration of love, lament without grumbling… key speaks of imminent hope of resolving in the pure happiness of C major; Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Elgar Cello Concerto, Prokofiev’s “Dance of theKnights” (from Romeo & Juliet), Florence Price's 1st Symphony
  • F Major TAKEN @ £250
    Complaisance & Calm; Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, Schubert’s Octet, Ravel’s String Quartet
  • F minor TAKEN @ £250
    Lament…; Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto, Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture, Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
  • F#/G♭ Major TAKEN @ £500
    Triumph over difficulty, free sigh of relief uttered when hurdles are surmounted…; Verdi’s “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”, Chopin’s Barcarolle, Mahler’s 10th Symphony
  • F# minor TAKEN @ £250
    A gloomy key: it tugs at passion as a dog biting a dress; Rachmaninoff’s 1st Piano Concerto, Fauré’s Pavane, Franck’s Symphonic Variations
  • G Major TAKEN @ £500
    Everything rustic, idyllic and lyrical, every calm and satisfied passion, every tender gratitude for true friendship & faithful love; Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • G minor TAKEN @ £250
    Uneasiness…; Mozart’s 40th Symphony, Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto, Saint-Saëns’ 2nd Piano Concerto
  • A♭ Major TAKEN @ £250
    Key of the grave...eternity lie[s] in its radius; Elgar’s 1st Symphony, Beethoven’s Op. 110 Piano Sonata, Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag"
  • A♭/G# minor TAKEN @£250
    Struggle, the colour of this key is everything struggling with difficulty; Scriabin’s 2nd Piano Sonata, Chopin’s “Thirds” Etude, Mussorgsky “The Old Castle” (Pictures at an Exhibition)
  • A Major TAKEN @ £250
    Declarations of innocent love, satisfaction with one's state of affairs; hope of seeing one's beloved again when parting; youthful cheerfulnes; Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, Schubert’s “Trout" Quintet
  • A minor TAKEN @ £1000
    Pious womanliness and tenderness of character; Mahler 6th Symphony, Clara Schumann Piano Concerto, Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto
  • B♭ Major TAKEN @ £5000
    Cheerful love, clear conscience, hope aspiration for a better world; Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, Respighi’s “Pines of Rome”, Bruckner's 5th Symphony, Bach's Partita No. 1, BWV 825
  • B♭ minor TAKEN @£250
    A quaint creature, often dressed in the garment of night; Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto, Barber’s Adagio, Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata
  • B Major TAKEN @ £250
    Strongly coloured, announcing wild passions, composed from the most glaring colours; Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” (2nd movement), Mussorgsky’s “Tuileries” (Pictures at an Exhibition), Delibes’ “Flower Duet” (from Lakmé),
  • B minor TAKEN @ £250
    This is as it were the key of patience, of calm awaiting ones' fate and of submission to divine dispensation; Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet

Sponsor a Key
Donations of £100 or more

Or even sponsor a Chord

Another option is to choose to sponsor an individual key on the keyboard - there are 88 to choose from. Donations of £100 per key or more let you choose from the remaining keys. Have the joy of listening out for "your key" when a piece is being played.

Some have chosen to sponsor a chord of three (or more) keys.

A map of the keyboard with the names of the sponsors will be hung in the David Lloyd George Room at the NLC to thank you for your contribution.

We can advise on which key(s) are still available if you Contact Us, and you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/NLCPiano

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