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|Relative key||D major|
|Parallel key||B major|
|Notes in this scale|
|B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, A, B|
In Baroque times, people thought that B minor was the key of passive suffering. Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1739-1791) said that it was a key that was complaining gently and quietly, something that matches Bach's use of the key in the St. John's Passion. By Beethoven's time, B minor had changed in people's minds: Francesco Galeazzi wrote that B minor was not suitable for music in good taste, and Beethoven labelled a B minor melodic idea in one of his sketchbooks as a "black key". The chord was famously used as the first chord in Pink Floyd's 1979 hit "Comfortably Numb", commonly renowned to be a very emotional and melancholic song.[source?] The second movement of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the most famous compositions for the classical guitar, is in B minor.
It is a common key used in rock, folk, country and other guitarist-based styles because a guitar is naturally tuned so that all the open strings are notes in B minor.
Well-known Classical pieces in this key
- Violin Concerto No. 3 (Saint-Saëns) - Camille Saint-Saëns
- Mass in B Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
- Piano Sonata in B minor - Franz Liszt
- Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 - Frédéric Chopin
- Waltz Opus 69 No. 2 in B Minor - Frédéric Chopin
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor (La Campanella) - Niccolò Paganini
- Symphony No. 8 in B minor - Franz Schubert
- Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathetique) - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- E lucevan le stelle from Tosca - Giacomo Puccini
- Cello Concerto in B minor - Antonín Dvořák
- Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello, RV 580 (Concerto No. 10 from L'estro Armonico) - Antonio Vivaldi
- Xinh's JS Bach B-Minor Mass Balance. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
- Michael C. Tusa, "Beethoven's "C-Minor Mood": Some Thoughts on the Structural Implications of Key Choice" in Beethoven Forum 2, Christoph Reynolds, ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (1993): 2 - 3, n. 5
- Ibid, 2, n. 3
Diatonic Scales and Keys
|The table shows the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|