B♭ minor or B-flat minor is a minor scale based on B-flat. Its key signature has five flats.
Its relative major is D-flat major, and its parallel major is B-flat major. Its enharmonic equivalent is A-sharp minor.
B-flat minor is often seen as a "dark" key." Tchaikovsky said that the oboe solo in B-flat minor in the second movement of his Symphony No. 4 was "the feeling that you get when you are all alone".
The old valveless horn could not play easily in B-flat minor. In fact, the only example found in 18th century music is a modulation in the first minuet of Franz Krommer's Concertino in D major, Opus 80.
In classical music
In popular music
- "Part-Time Lover" – Stevie Wonder
- "Cannonball (Damien Rice song)" - Damien Rice
- All eight songs on The Raveonettes' Whip It On album are in the key of B-flat minor. Sune Rose Wagner said it was "Because Shostakovich's symphony no. 13 was in B flat minor."
Diatonic Scales and Keys
|The table shows the number of sharps or flats in each scale. Minor scales are written in lower case.
Images for kids
B-flat natural minor scale ascending and descending.
B-flat harmonic minor scale ascending and descending.
B-flat melodic minor scale ascending and descending.