Key signature names and translations

When a particular musical key or key signature is not described in the English language, there are two main systems that are used instead:

# "Fixed do solmization" - used in Italian and French key references.
# "German key notation" - used in German key references.

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 hyphen is 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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