- Key coloration
musical temperaments usually have the narrowest fifths between the diatonicnotes ("naturals") producing purer thirds, and wider fifths among the chromatic notes ("sharps and flats"). Each key then has a slightly different intonation, hence different keys have distinct characters. Such "key coloration" was an essential part of much eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music and was described in treatises of the period.
Modern music is generall considered to lack key coloration because it uses
equal temperamentin which all keys have the same pattern of intonation, differing only in pitch.
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