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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.
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Origin of key signature

First recorded in 1870–75
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  • Key-signature; how determine whether a major or minor key.24, 25.

    Music Notation and Terminology

    Karl W. Gehrkens

British Dictionary definitions for key signature

key signature

  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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