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|Relative key||D♯ minor|
|Parallel key||F♯ minor|
|Dominant key||C♯ major|
|F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯|
Its relative minor is D♯ minor (or enharmonically E♭ minor). Its parallel minor is F♯ minor. Its enharmonic equivalent is G♭ major. In writing music for transposing instruments in B-flat or E-flat, it is preferable to use a G-flat rather than an F-sharp key signature. If F-sharp major must absolutely be used, one should take care that B-flat wind instruments be notated in A-flat major, rather than G-sharp major (or G instruments used instead, giving a transposed key of B major), and D-flat instruments in F major instead of E-sharp major, in order to avoid double sharps in key signatures.
F-sharp major 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 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 a few scores, the F-sharp major key signature in the bass clef is written with the sharp for the A on the top line.
- 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.|