|Relative key||A major|
|Parallel key||F♯ major|
|Notes in this scale|
|F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯|
Many people think it is a melancholy and gloomy key. Harry Farjeon says that F sharp minor is "light red", and that it is the key Mendelssohn uses when he is being passionate. Johann Mattheson wrote that 'F♯ minor, although it leads to great distress, nevertheless is more languid and love-sick than lethal. Moreover, it has something abandoned, singular, and misanthropic about it.'
Famous music in this key[change | change source]
Many piano pieces have been written in F-sharp minor. Mozart's only composition in this key is the second movement to his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. 2 of Chopin's 52 mazurkas, and 1 of his nocturnes are in this key, though he seems to have liked the related key C-sharp minor better. Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 3 is also in this key, and the 3rd movement of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Piano Sonata is too.
Scales and keys[change | change source]
Diatonic Scales and Keys
|The table shows the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|
References[change | change source]
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers And Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, 2006.