A-sharp minor

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See also: B-flat minor
A minor
Relative key C major
enharmonic: D major
Parallel key A major
enharmonic: B major
Dominant key E major
enharmonic: F major / E minor
enharmonic: F minor
Subdominant D minor
Enharmonic B minor
Component pitches
A, C, C, D, E, F, G, A
A-sharp natural minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
A-sharp harmonic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
A-sharp melodic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 

A-sharp minor or A minor is a minor scale based on A-sharp. The A minor scale has pitches A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. For the harmonic minor scale, Gdouble sharp is used instead of G. Its key signature has seven sharps (see below: Scales and keys).

Its relative major is C-sharp major. Its parallel major is A-sharp major. This is usually replaced by B-flat major, since A-sharp major has 4 sharps and 3 double sharps. Exceptions include Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61, which has a brief passage of about 6 bars actually notated in A-sharp major, inserting the necessary double-sharps as accidentals. The overall harmonic context is an extended theme in B major, which briefly modulates to A-sharp major.

The direct enharmonic equivalent of A-sharp minor is B-flat minor.

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

A-sharp minor is one of the least used minor keys in music as it is not a practical key for composition. The enharmonic equivalent B-flat minor is usually used instead. However, there were some composers in previous centuries who composed music in this key, such as Christian Heinrich Rinck (Prelude No. 16 from Op. 55/1, and Exercise No. 16 from Op. 67).

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