|Relative key||B major|
|Parallel key||G♯ major
enharmonic: A♭ major
|Dominant key||D♯ minor|
|G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯|
Its relative major is B major, and its parallel major is G-sharp major, usually replaced by A-flat major, its enharmonic equivalent, since G-sharp major has 8 sharps including 1 double-sharp & A-flat major only has 4 flats, making G-sharp major be a rare name to use in music. Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary.
Despite the key rarely being used in orchestral music other than to modulate, it is not entirely uncommon in keyboard music, as in the sonatas of Alexander Scriabin. For orchestration of piano music, some theorists recommend transposing the music to G minor or A minor. If G-sharp minor is used, composers generally write B-flat wind instruments in the enharmonic B-flat minor, rather than A-sharp minor to facilitate reading the music.
In a few scores, the sharp A in the bass clef is written on the top line.
- A. Morris, "Symphonies, Numbers and Keys" in Bob's Poetry Magazine, III.3, 2006.
- Media related to G-sharp minor at Wikimedia Commons
|Diatonic scales and keys|
|The table indicates the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|