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D minor
Relative key F major
Parallel key D major
Notes in this scale
D, E, F, G, A, Bdouble flat, C, D

D-flat minor is a theoretical key based on the musical note D. Its key signature has seven flats and one double flat.

Because it has so many flats, D minor is usually written as its enharmonic equivalent of C minor. For example, Mahler's thematic motif "der kleine Appell" ("call to order") from his Fourth and Fifth Symphonies is written in D minor in Symphony No.4, but in his Symphony No. 5 it is in C minor. In the Adagio of his Symphony No. 9 a solo bassoon theme appears first in D minor, but comes back two more times notated in C minor. The Adagio of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8, also has phrases that are tonally in D minor but written as C minor.

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