|Relative key||A major|
|Parallel key||F-sharp major|
enharmonic: G-flat major
|Dominant key||C-sharp minor|
|F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E|
F-sharp minor is a minor scale based on F♯, consisting of the pitches F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, and E. Its key signature has three sharps. Its relative major is A major and its parallel major is F-sharp major (or enharmonically G-flat major).
The F-sharp natural minor scale is:
Music in F-sharp minor
Very few symphonies are written in this key, Haydn's Farewell Symphony being one famous example. George Frederick Bristow and Dora Pejačević also wrote symphonies in this key. This key is relatively common, however, in guitar music (an example of this is "Wonderwall" by Oasis).
The few concerti written in this key are usually written for the composer himself to play, including Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 1, Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 2, and Koussevitzky's Double Bass Concerto.
In addition to the Farewell Symphony, Haydn's Piano Trio No. 40 (Hob. XV:26) and String Quartet Op. 50, No. 4 are in F-sharp minor.
Handel set the sixth of his eight harpsichord suites of 1720 in F-sharp minor. Aside from a prelude and fugue from each of the two books of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Bach's only other work in F-sharp minor is the Toccata BWV 910. Mozart's only composition in this key is the second movement to his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.
Notable classical compositions in F-sharp minor
- Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto for Solo Piano: Allegretto alla barbaresca
- Johannes Brahms
- Frédéric Chopin
- Ernst von Dohnányi: Suite in F-sharp minor
- Gabriel Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50
- César Franck
- Joseph Haydn
- Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Maurice Ravel: Sonatine
- Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor, D 571 (incomplete)
- Robert Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
- Alexander Scriabin
- Dmitri Shostakovich
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasy for Solo Flute No. 10
- Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 14
- p. 30 Hopkins London (1964) n. 1 Anthony Talking About Concertos Heinemann[full citation needed]
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers and Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.
- Media related to F-sharp minor at Wikimedia Commons
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|