B minor

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B minor
Relative key D major
Parallel key B major
Dominant key F major / F minor
Subdominant E minor
Component pitches
B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B
B natural minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
B harmonic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
B melodic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 

B minor is a minor scale consisting of the pitches B, C, D, E, F, G, and A. Its key signature consists of two sharps. The harmonic minor raises the note A to A. Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written with accidentals as necessary.

Its relative major is D major, and its parallel major is B major.

Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1739–1791) regarded B minor as a key expressing a quiet acceptance of fate and very gentle complaint, something commentators find to be in line with Bach's use of the key in the St John Passion.[1] By Beethoven's time, however, the perception of B minor had changed considerably: Francesco Galeazzi wrote that B minor was not suitable for music in good taste, and Beethoven labelled a B minor melodic idea in one of his sketchbooks as a "black key".[2]

Notable classical compositions in B minor[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Tusa, pp. 2–3, n. 5
  2. ^ Tusa, p. 2, n. 3

Sources

Extarenal links[edit]

  • Media related to B minor at Wikimedia Commons