F major

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F major
F-major d-minor.svg
Relative key D minor
Parallel key F minor
Dominant key C major
Subdominant B major
Component pitches
F, G, A, B, C, D, E

F major (or the key of F) is a major scale based on F, with the pitches F, G, A, B, C, D, and E. Its key signature has one flat: B. Its relative minor is D minor and its parallel minor is F minor. The enharmonic equivalent, E major, has four double-sharps, which makes it impractical to use.

The F major scale is:

\relative c' { 
  \clef treble \key f \major \time 7/4 \hide Staff.TimeSignature f4 g a bes c d e f e d c bes a g f2

F major is the home key of the English horn, the basset horn, the horn in F, the trumpet in F and the bass Wagner tuba. Thus, music in F major for these transposing instruments is written in C major. Most of these sound a perfect fifth lower than written, with the exception of the trumpet in F which sounds a fourth higher. (The basset horn also often sounds an octave and a fifth lower.)

Notable compositions in F major[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to F major at Wikimedia Commons