|Relative key||B major|
enharmonic: A♭ major
enharmonic: E♭ minor
|G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E, F♯|
The G-sharp natural minor scale is:
Its relative major is B major. Its parallel major, G♯ major, is usually replaced by its enharmonic equivalent of A♭ major, since G-sharp major features an F in the key signature and A-flat major only has four flats, making it rare for G♯ major to be used. A♭ minor, its enharmonic, with seven flats, has a similar problem, thus G♯ minor is often used as the parallel minor for A♭ major. (The same enharmonic situation occurs with the keys of D♭ major and C♯ minor.)
Music in G-sharp minor
Despite the key rarely being used in orchestral music other than to modulate, it is not entirely uncommon in keyboard music, as in Piano Sonata No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin, who actually seemed to prefer writing in it. It is also found in the second movement in Shostakovitch's 8th String quartet. If G-sharp minor is used, composers generally write B♭ wind instruments in the enharmonic B-flat minor, rather than A-sharp minor to facilitate reading the music (or A instruments used instead, giving a transposed key of B minor). Where available, instruments in D♭ can be used instead, giving a transposed key of the enharmonic G minor, rather than F minor, while the E horns would have parts written in the key of E minor.
Few symphonies are written in G ♯ minor; among them are Nikolai Myaskovsky's 17th Symphony, Christopher Schlegel's 5th Symphony, Elliot Goldenthal's Symphony in G-sharp minor (2014) and an abandoned work of juvenilia by Marc Blitzstein.
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|