Lawrence A. Johnson of the Miami Herald has a nice piece about the state of orchestras in America. It seems that the Concert Association's new director's bottom-line philosophy is causing the subscribers some consternation.
This is a huge problem. The state of concert attendance, coupled with the state of the economy, is causing orchestras (and, evidently, numerous newspapers' arts sections) financial difficulties.
However, bad metaphors are still not allowed.
Concert Association moves worry ticket subscribers
I bet they do!
Ten days ago, London's Philharmonia Orchestra roared out the end of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, closing the Concert Association of Florida's season on a resoundingly successful note.
Ah, the music season ended on a note. Classic. Pedantic, perhaps, but classic. And apt! Carry on...
But there are minor-key discords on the horizon.
But...What? No. Because, see...Discords. Minor keys. Both of these things (more concepts than things, really) have...some connotations of sadness, negativity, and the like. But in trying to extend your musical analogy, you have failed. Choosing either minor keys or dissonance to make your point would have been...adequate.
Dissonance is the same in minor and major keys.
Dissonances require resolution (in tonal music). Regardless of the key.
Minor keys have a (completely societal) extra-musical connotation of sadness, gravity, and so forth.
"Minor-key" (why the hyphen?) "dissonances" is just nonsense. Nonsense? Nonsense!