F-sharp major

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

F major (or the key of F) is a major scale based on F, consisting of the pitches F, G, A, B, C, D, and E. Its key signature has six sharps[1].

The F-sharp major scale is:

\relative c' { 
  \clef treble \key fis \major \time 7/4 \hide Staff.TimeSignature fis4 gis ais b cis dis eis fis eis dis cis b ais gis fis2
  \clef bass \key fis \major

The direct enharmonic equivalent of F major is G major, a key signature with six flats.

Its relative minor is D minor (or enharmonically E minor) and its parallel minor is F minor.

Music in F major[edit]

F 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 Verdi's "Va Pensiero" from Nabucco, 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 writing music for transposing instruments in B or E, it is preferable to use G rather than the F key signature. If F major must absolutely be used, one should take care that B wind instruments be notated in A major, rather than G major (or A instruments used instead, giving a transposed key of A major), and D instruments in F major instead of E major, in order to avoid double sharps in key signatures. Meanwhile, the horns in E would have parts written in D major.

Like G major, this key is rarely used in orchestral music, other than in passing. It is more common in piano music, such as the sonatas of Scriabin and Grieg's Lyric Pieces.

The hit song All Star by Smash Mouth was written in F-sharp major.[2]


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