C minor

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C Minor Attributes

Relative major: Eb major
Parallel major: C major

  • Fr. do mineur
  • It. do minore
  • Ger. c-Moll
  • Sp. do menor

C minor (or Cm) is the natural minor tonality, scale or chord based on the tonal center of C. The scale and tonality are made up of the pitches C, D, E♭, F, G, A♭, and B♭, while the chord comprises of C, E♭, and G. Its key signature consists of three flats.

<music> \cadenzaOn \meterOff \key c \minor c d ees! f g aes! bes! \bar "|"<c, ees! g>1 <ees! g c> <g c ees!> </music>

The C Minor Scale and Chord Inversions

C minor's role in instrumentation

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Extra-musical associations with C minor

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Famous pieces in C minor

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  • Johann Pachelbel - Canon and Gigue in D
  • Igor Stravinsky - Violin Concerto