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Major Minor

If you come from a cultural background that is not steeped in "Western Tonal Music" (and find it tricky to hear the exact difference between "major" and "minor"), you can try to play around with "minor chords" (e.g., C, E-flat and G) all over the piano, with the pedal pressed down, while consciously thinking
"dark deep music"
Then lift and depress the pedal and play "C E G" in the same manner, while thinking
"bright music".

It's a bit like learning a foreign language, really.

Listen to examples in a "minor":
*
Chopin's Funeral March
*Chopin's Prelude in C Minor


Also, listen to known examples "in a major then minor", which contrast the two characters:
*Chopin's Prelude in Db Major - it goes into the minor in the middle

The opposite - pieces that begin in the Minor and then move to parallel Major):
*Mozart's Rondo alla turca
*Beethoven's Sonata No.12, Op. 26, 3rd Movement 'funeral march' - starts in the minor, goes into the major with drum rolls and heroic fanfares

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