|Relative key||D♯ minor
enharmonic: E♭ minor
|Parallel key||F♯ minor|
F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯Also known as a scale, F♯
F-sharp major is the key of the minuet in Joseph Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony, of Beethoven's Piano Sonata, Op. 78, of Chopin's Barcarolle, of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, of Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony, of Erich Korngold's Symphony Op. 40, and of Scriabin's Fourth Sonata. The key was the favourite tonality of Olivier Messiaen, who used it repeatedly throughout his work to express his most exciting or transcendent moods, most notably in the Turangalîla Symphony.
In a few scores, the F-sharp major key signature in the bass clef is written with the sharp for the A on the top line.
The key is rarely used in orchestral music, other than in passing. It is more common in keyboard music, such as the sonatas of Scriabin and Grieg's Lyric Piece, Til Våren. For orchestration of piano music, some theorists recommend transposing the music to F major or G major. If F-sharp major must absolutely be used, one should take care that B-flat wind instruments be notated in A-flat major, rather than G-sharp major. Where available, instruments in A could be used instead, giving a transposed key of A major.
|Diatonic scales and keys|
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|
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