Is it just me, or have these rather gone out of fashion? Specifically in test-pieces. Looking through a couple of Vinter pieces we've been running through to get into the right vibe for the areas, the key is marked like it is in any other concert piece, and each section is in a specific key, with a few divergances. But edging toward the more modern end of our pad, I find that on several occasions, whole contest pieces are written in C major band pitch, with accidentals where necessary. Even though sometimes it's pretty clear what key a particular movement is in. I can completely understand a composer not wanting to put a dozen key changes in a movement as modern music sometimes has atonal qualities or modulates into several keys, and it stops each episode being parcelled up separately lending a different flow to the scoring. I often write that way myself as it avoids changing key every 20 bars in certain passages! But I can also understand the other side of the coin. I got something of an ear-bashing from my girlfriend for passing her a part I'd written in the perpetual c-major style as described, and she kept forgetting the repeated accidentals, or to naturalise the note a bar or two later. Something I myself am often guilty of as well! Being both a player and writer, I'm kind of in a middle ground as I quite like to know what key I'm in when playing, but I do prefer to write in the rather less rigid manner when composing. What does everyone think?