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The Signature Series

Editorial Staff

Welcome to The Signature Series.

The premise of this series is simple: the key signatures of music are kind of like the signs of the zodiac.

If you take the most famous melodies that have been composed in a specific musical key over the centuries, and mash them up together, you'll encounter certain characteristics  — characteristics that can define your personality.

You'll hear the most glorious music ever written, and you might even encounter yourself.

The Signature Series first aired on CBC Radio 2 in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the series was awarded a Prix Italia, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in broadcasting, in the Best Work on Music category. Since that time, the series has gone on to be broadcast in the USA and was translated into Danish for broadcast in Denmark.

In January 2017, CBC Music will unveil 10 brand new episodes of The Signature Series. In the meantime, you can revisit the original 24 episodes here. We’ll be adding one every week.

The Signature Series is brought to you by CBC Music's Paolo Pietropaolo along with co-producer Denise Ball.

Pietropaolo says, "I've always believed that classical music is most of all a visceral experience. It can make your heart pound. It can make your heart soar. It's not about formalities or a hushed concert hall; at its best, all music touches the essence of what makes us human. That's what this series is about.”

Which key are you?

1. G minor: the Contrarian

2. D major: Miss Congeniality

3. B minor: The Dark Romantic

4. A major: The Will-o'-the-wisp

5. C minor: The Tortured Genius

6. E major: Prince Charming

7. A minor: The Faded Beauty

8. G major: The Trusty Sidekick

9. D minor: The Ice Queen

10. D-flat major: The Free Spirit

11. F-sharp minor: The Recluse

12. E-flat major: Master of the Universe

13. E minor: The Handsome Rogue

14. A-flat major: The Good Woman

15. E-flat minor: The Eccentric

16. F-sharp major: The Mystic

17. B-flat minor: The Wounded Man

18. B-flat major: Nature Boy

19. F minor: The Fighter

20. B major: The Artist

21. G-sharp minor: The Crone

22. F major: The Perfect Companion

23. C-sharp minor: Woman of Mystery