Parallel Keys

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Parallel Keys


two keys of opposite moods beginning on the same tonic. For example, the parallel keys C major and C minor have the common base tone C, from which they take their names. The opposite nature of the two main modes—major and minor—is most clearly reflected in parallel keys.


Sposobin, I. V. Elementarnaia teoriia muzyki, 6th ed. Moscow, 1973.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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