Key signature names and translations
To construct a key description, locate the note name from the pitch translation table and append a major/minor alteration from the lower table where required.
Note that the 'major' alteration is usually superfluous, as a key description missing an alteration is invariably assumed to be major.
In the German notation scheme, a
hyphenis usually added between the pitch and the alteration—for example, "D-Dur"—and due to its terse nature, the 'major' indicator, "Dur" is invariably appended.
For example, to describe Bach's Mass in B minor one could use:
* "B minor" (English)
* "H-Moll" (German)
* "Si minore" (Italian)
* "Si mineur" (French)
* "Si menor" (Spanish)
* Си минор (Russian)
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