|Relative key||G♭ major|
enharmonic: F♯ major
|Parallel key||E♭ major|
|Dominant key||B♭ minor|
enharmonic: G♯ minor
|E♭, F, G♭, A♭, B♭, C♭, D♭|
The E♭ natural minor scale is:
The direct enharmonic equivalent of E♭ minor is D♯ minor, a key signature with six sharps.
Music in E♭ minor
In the 24 canonic keys, most of the composers preferred E♭ minor, while Bach, Lyapunov, and Ponce preferred D♯ minor.
The final piece in Brahms' Klavierstücke, Op. 118, No. 6, is in E♭ minor. The piece, like many pieces in this key, is dark and funereal, being based on the Dies irae chant. Schubert ended his Impromptus No. 2, D. 899 in E♭ minor, the parallel key to E♭ major, and so did Brahms in his Rhapsody No. 4, Op. 119.
Alkan composed the final movement for Symphony for Solo Piano (12 etudes in all the minor keys, Op. 39, no. 7) in E♭ minor, as well as his Prelude Op. 31, No. 22 "Anniversaire" and Three pieces in the pathetic style, Op. 13, No. 3 "Death".
One of the few symphonies written in this key is Prokofiev's Symphony No. 6, where none of these three movements ends in the minor key. A few other less well-known composers also wrote symphonies in this key, such as Andrei Eshpai, Jānis Ivanovs (fourth symphony Sinfonia Atlantida, 1941), Ovchinnikov and Nikolai Myaskovsky. Aram Khachaturian wrote his Toccata in E♭ minor while studying under Myaskovsky.
The waltz "On the Hills of Manchuria" by Ilya Alekseevich Shatrov, about the loss of Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, is written in E♭ minor. As mentioned, E♭ minor is common in Russian pieces. "On the Hills of Manchuria" is perhaps the most notable example.
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers And Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.
- "Piano Trio in E flat minor, Hob XV:31 (Haydn) - from CDA67757 - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless downloads". www.hyperion-records.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
- Media related to E-flat minor at Wikimedia Commons
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|