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key signature

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noun Music.
  1. (in notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following.

Origin of key signature

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for key signature

Historical Examples

  • Key-signature; how determine whether a major or minor key.24, 25.

    Music Notation and Terminology</p>

    Karl W. Gehrkens


British Dictionary definitions for key signature

key signature

noun
  1. music a group of sharps or flats appearing at the beginning of each stave line to indicate the key in which a piece, section, etc, is to be performed
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