A-flat minor


A-flat minor

Infobox Scale


scale_name=Amusic|flat minor
relative=Cb major
parallel=Amusic|flat major
enharmonic=Gmusic|sharp minor
first_pitch=Amusic|flat
second_pitch=Bmusic|flat
third_pitch=Cmusic|flat
fourth_pitch=Dmusic|flat
fifth_pitch=Emusic|flat
sixth_pitch=Fmusic|flat
seventh_pitch=Gmusic|flat
: "Also see: A-flat major, or A minor." A-flat minor is a minor scale based on A-flat, consisting of the pitches Amusic|flat, Bmusic|flat, Cmusic|flat, Dmusic|flat, Emusic|flat, Fmusic|flat, and Gmusic|flat. For the harmonic minor, the Gmusic|flat is raised to Gmusic|natural. Its key signature has seven flats ("see below:" Scales and keys).

Its relative major is C-flat major (or, enharmonically, B major), and its parallel major is A-flat major. Its enharmonic equivalent is G-sharp minor.

Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary.

Although A-flat minor occurs in modulation in works in other keys, it is seldom used as the principal key of a piece of music. However, Leoš Janáček uses it for his violin sonata and the organ solo of his Glagolitic Mass, and in Frederic Loewe's score to the 1956 musical play My Fair Lady, the Second Servants' Chorus is set in A-flat minor (the preceding and following choruses being a semitone lower and higher respectively). Instead, pieces in a minor mode that have A flat's pitch as tonic are nearly always notated in its enharmonic key, G-sharp minor, because of Gmusic|sharp's appreciably simpler key signature. As a result, only works expressly notated as such may reasonably be considered to be in A-flat minor.

One notable piece of popular music in A-flat minor is Walkin' on the Sun by Smash Mouth.

In some scores, the A♭ minor key signature in the bass clef is written with the flat for the F on the second line from the top.

cales and keys

External links

* [http://www.cisdur.de/e_index.html Overview of Compositions with 7 Accidentals]

References

* [http://www.gressus.se/chopin/works/index.html List of Chopin's works sorted by opus] .


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