B-flat major facts for kids
|Relative key||G minor|
|Parallel key||B♭ minor|
|Notes in this scale|
|B♭, C, D, E♭, F, G, A, B♭|
B-flat major is a good key for most wind instruments, especially those for which it is their home key, such as clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, and the flutes in B-flat. Because of this, many works for concert bands (those you might have played in while you were at school) are written in this or a closely related key such as F major or E-flat major.
Haydn's Symphony No. 98, which had both trumpet and timpani, is known as the first symphony that anyone had written in that key. Actually, his brother Michael Haydn had written one earlier. However, Joseph Haydn still gets credit for writing the timpani part at actual pitch with an F major key signature (instead of transposing with a C major key signature), something that made things easier and made more sense.
Well-known classical compositions in this key
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (Bach)
- Piano Concerto No. 15 (Mozart)
- Piano Concerto No. 27 (Mozart)
- String Quartet No. 13 (Beethoven)
- Piano Sonata No. 29 (Beethoven)
- Piano Sonata No. 21 (Schubert)
- Piano Concerto No. 2 (Brahms)
- Symphony No. 5 (Prokofiev)
Scales and keys
|Diatonic Scales and Keys|
|The table shows the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.|
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