F-sharp minor

F-sharp minor

Infobox Scale

scale_name=Fmusic|sharp minor
relative=A major
parallel=Fmusic|sharp major

F-sharp minor is a minor scale based on F-sharp, consisting of the pitches Fmusic|sharp, Gmusic|sharp, A, B, Cmusic|sharp, D, and E. For the harmonic minor, the E is raised to Emusic|sharp (Fmusic|natural). Its key signature has three sharps ("see below:" Scales and keys).

The third (slow) movement from Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata is in F-sharp minor.

Its relative major is A major, and its parallel major is F-sharp major.

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

Very few symphonies are written in this key, Haydn's "Farewell Symphony" being one famous example. George Frederick Bristow and Dora Pejačević also wrote symphonies in this key.

The few concerti written in this key are usually premiere concerti written for the composer himself to play, including Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, Alexander Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Henri Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 2.

Mozart's only composition in this key is the second movement to his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.

Both Reger's and Tippett's second string quartets are in this key, as is Shostakovich's seventh string quartet.


*F sharp minor has been described as 'light red' by Harry Farjeon.
* Johann Mattheson, in 1713, wrote '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.' On a similar theme, Harry Farjeon wrote that it is the key that Mendelssohn uses when being passionate.
*It is generally believed to be melancholy and gloomy.
*'We cannot well accompany the Devil in any key but Fmusic|sharp minor' - Anon. 1828

cales and keys


* A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers And Keys" in "Bob's Poetry Magazine", [http://bobspoetry.com/Bobs03Mr.pdf III.3] , 2006.

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