|Relative key||A major|
|Parallel key||F♯ major|
|Dominant key||C♯ major / C♯ minor|
|F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯|
F-sharp minor is a minor scale based on F-sharp, consisting of the pitches F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, and E. For the harmonic minor, the E is raised to E♯. Its key signature has three sharps (see below: Scales and keys).
Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary.
The few concerti written in this key are usually premiere concerti written for the composer himself to play, including Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 1, Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 2, and Koussevitzky's Double Bass Concerto.
Music in F♯ minor
- Johannes Brahms - Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2
- Dietrich Buxtehude - Prelude in F-sharp minor, BuxWV 146
- Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 45, Farewell Symphony
- Alexander Glazunov - Symphony No. 2
- George Frederick Bristow - Symphony in F-sharp minor, Op. 26
- Dora Pejačević - Symphony in F-sharp minor, Op.41 (1918)
- Frédéric Chopin - Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
- Chopin - Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 2
- Chopin - Mazurka No. 3, Op. 59
- Ernő Dohnányi: Suite in F-sharp minor
- Gabriel Fauré - Pavane, Op. 50
- Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1
- Rachmaninoff - Prelude in F-sharp minor No. 1, Op. 23
- Robert Schumann - Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
- Alexander Scriabin - Piano Concerto, Op. 20
- Dmitri Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue No. 8, Op. 87
- Georg Philipp Telemann - Fantasy for Solo Flute No. 10
- Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 14
Freedom at Midnight David Benoit 1987
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- 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.
- We cannot well accompany the Devil in any key but F♯ minor – Anon. 1828
- Heavy metal guitarist Michael Angelo Batio has cited this key and F sharp phrygian dominant as his favourite. He has described F-sharp minor as a "demonic" key, giving a dark, evil sound.
- According to The Gregory Brothers, this is the most demeaning and elitist key.
Scales and keys
|Diatonic scales and keys|
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|
- p. 30 Hopkins London (1964) n. 1 Anthony Talking About Concertos Heinemann
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers And Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.