G-sharp minor

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

G-sharp minor is a minor scale based on G, consisting of the pitches G, A, B, C, D, E, and F. For the harmonic minor, the F is raised to Fdouble sharp.

Its key signature has five sharps.

Its relative major is B major, and its parallel major is G-sharp major, usually replaced by A-flat major, its enharmonic equivalent.

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

Few symphonies are written in G minor; among them are Nikolai Myaskovsky's 17th Symphony, Christopher Schlegel's 5th Symphony, and an abandoned work of juvenilia by Marc Blitzstein. More recently, the main theme of the Academy Award-winning score for the film Gravity and the pop song New York by Paloma Faith were also written in G-sharp minor.[1]

Despite the key rarely being used in orchestral music other than to modulate, it is not entirely uncommon in keyboard music, as in the sonatas of Scriabin. For orchestration of piano music, some theorists recommend transposing the music to G minor or A minor. If G-sharp minor must absolutely be used, one should take care that B-flat wind instruments be notated in B-flat minor, rather than A-sharp minor.

In a few scores, the sharp A in the bass clef is written on the top line.

Scales and keys[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Paloma Faith: New York Sheet Music". sheetmusicdirect.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 

References[edit]

  • A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers and Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.