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enharmonic: G♭ major
enharmonic: E♭ major
enharmonic: B♭ minor
|D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯|
Its relative major is F♯ major (or enharmonically G♭ major), and its parallel major is D♯ major, usually replaced by E♭ major, since D♯ major's two double-sharps makes it generally impractical to use. The enharmonic equivalent of D♯ minor is E♭ minor, a key signature with six flats.
The D-sharp natural minor scale is:
Music in D-sharp minor
From Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, the eighth fugue from Book 1 and the eighth prelude and fugue from Book 2 are in D-sharp minor; both fugues end with a Picardy third, requiring an F in the final D-sharp major chord.
The second movement from Charles-Valentin Alkan's Grande sonate 'Les quatre âges', subtitled Quasi-Faust, is also in D-sharp minor (but ends in F-sharp major), and modulates into even sharper keys along the way, some even being theoretical keys, such as G-sharp major and E-sharp major.
The hymn "O Sacrum Convivium" by Olivier Messiaen (1937) is in D-sharp minor.
In a few scores, 6-sharp key signatures in the bass clef are written with the sharp for the A on the top line.
Despite the key rarely being used in orchestral music other than to modulate, it is not entirely uncommon in keyboard music. For orchestration of piano music, some theorists recommend transposing the music to D minor or E minor. If D-sharp minor must absolutely be used, one should take care that B♭ wind instruments be notated in F minor, rather than E-sharp minor (or G instruments used instead, giving a transposed key of G-sharp minor), and D♭ instruments in D minor instead of C minor, in order to avoid double sharps in key signatures. Meanwhile, the E horns would have parts written with a B minor key signature.
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|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|