|Relative key||B major
enharmonic: C♭ major
|Parallel key||G♯ major
enharmonic: A♭ major
|Dominant key||D♯ major
enharmonic: E♭ major / D♯ minor
|G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯|
Its key signature has five sharps.
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.
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
|Diatonic scales and keys|
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|
- "Paloma Faith: New York Sheet Music". sheetmusicdirect.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers and Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.