ESSENTIALS of Classical Music

Key Signatures

For the sake of reference, they are:
No sharps or flats: C major or A minor


1 sharp: G major or E minor
1 flat:   F major or D minor
2 sharps: D major or B minor
2 flats: B-flat major or G minor
3 sharps: A major or F-sharp minor
3 flats: E-flat major or C minor
4 sharps: E major or C-sharp minor
4 flats: A-flat major or F minor
5 sharps:  B major or G-sharp minor
5 flats: D-flat major or B-flat minor
6 sharps: F-sharp major or D-sharp minor
6 flats:  G-flat major or E-flat minor
7 sharps: C-sharp major or A-sharp minor
7 flats: C-flat major or A-flat minor





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