Rahul Sharma

E minor

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Relative key  G major
Dominant key  B minor
Parallel key  E major
Subdominant  A minor
E minor

E minor is a minor scale consisting of the pitches E, F, G, A, B, C, and D. Its key signature has one sharp. The E harmonic minor raises the note D to D.

Its relative major is G major, and its parallel major is E major.

Much of the classical guitar repertoire is in E minor, as this is a very natural key for the instrument. In standard tuning (E A D G B E), four of the instrument's six open (unfretted) strings are part of the tonic chord. The key of E minor is also popular in heavy metal music, as its tonic is the lowest note on a standard-tuned guitar.

Notable classical compositions in this key

  • String quartet Op. 59/2 – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Piano sonata Op. 90 – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 4 – Johannes Brahms
  • Cello Sonata No. 1 – Johannes Brahms
  • Nocturne in E minor – Frédéric Chopin
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin
  • Prelude in E minor – Frédéric Chopin
  • Waltz in E minor – Frédéric Chopin
  • Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" – Antonín Dvořák
  • Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72 – Antonín Dvořák
  • Cello Concerto – Edward Elgar
  • Sea Pictures – Edward Elgar
  • String Quartet – Edward Elgar
  • Violin Sonata – Edward Elgar
  • Piano Sonata – Edvard Grieg
  • Symphony No. 44 "Trauer" – Joseph Haydn
  • Cello Concerto No. 2 - Victor Herbert
  • Praeludium and Allegro – Fritz Kreisler
  • Violin Concerto in E minor – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Violin Sonata No. 21 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Caprice No. 3 – Niccolò Paganini
  • Caprice No. 15 – Niccolò Paganini
  • Montagues and Capulets – Sergei Prokofiev
  • Symphony No. 2 – Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 – Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Le tombeau de Couperin – Maurice Ravel
  • Scheherazade – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Piano Trio No. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 10 – Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 1 – Jean Sibelius
  • Symphony No. 5 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 6 – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Concerto for Bassoon, Strings, and continuo, RV 484 – Antonio Vivaldi
  • References

    E minor Wikipedia


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