I attended a master class recently in which a fine young player played a bass/piano transcription of Debussy’s “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair”, which is originally a piano prelude in G flat. The version she had was in D, and claimed that she enjoyed that because it was a more resonant key on the bass. I’ve been to any number of DB recitals, and one of the things that really annoys me is that I come away with the sense that everything I heard that night was in G, D or A, because that’s normally the case. It’s worse than a rock concert. Open G strings and harmonics ringing out all through the recital. As nicely played as it was, I would have liked to hear this transcription in a less resonant key. Something to consider when you put together a recital program.