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|Relative key||D♯ minor|
enharmonic: E♭ minor
|Parallel key||F♯ minor|
|Dominant key||C♯ major|
enharmonic: D♭ major
|F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯|
The F-sharp major scale is:
Music in F♯ major
F♯ is the key of the minuet in Joseph Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony, of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 24, Op. 78, of Chopin's Barcarolle, of Verdi's "Va Pensiero" from Nabucco, of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, of Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony, of Erich Korngold's Symphony Op. 40, of Scriabin's Fourth Sonata. The key was the favorite tonality of Olivier Messiaen, who used it repeatedly throughout his work to express his most exciting or transcendent moods, most notably in the Turangalîla-Symphonie.
In writing music for transposing instruments in B♭ or E♭, it is preferable to use G♭ rather than the F♯ key signature. If F♯ major must absolutely be used, one should take care that B♭ wind instruments be notated in A♭ major, rather than G♯ major (or A instruments used instead, giving a transposed key of A major), D♭ instruments in F major instead of E♯ major, in order to avoid double sharps in key signatures. Also, G♭ instruments in C major instead of B♯ major, to avoid triple sharps in key signatures for E♭ wind instruments.
- Frederic Woodman Root (1874). The Song Era: A Book of Instruction and Music for Elementary and Advanced Singing Classes, Choirs, Institutes and Conventions. John Church. p. 9.
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|