1887. The Harmonious Blacksmith

It was Grandma Hilda’s 75th birthday coming up. She loved to hear twelve year old granddaughter, Lydia, play the piano. Grandma Hilda liked old-fashioned music. Not that Lydia didn’t, so Lydia thought she would surprise Grandma Hilda by playing a piece specially learnt for the birthday. Lydia thought and thought and thought. In the end, she decided to learn Handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith. She practised and practised and practised. It was quite hard, even though she was very good at playing the piano.

Grandma Hilda’s birthday arrived. Lydia and her parents went to visit.

“Happy Birthday Grandma!” said Lydia. “I’ve learnt a special piece on the piano for you!”

“That’s lovely dear,” said Grandma Hilda. “As long as it’s not a piece by that awful composer called Handel. His music goes boom, boom, boom, and I can’t stand it.”

“No,” said Lydia. “It’s by Scarlatti.”

Grandma loved it. She didn’t know the difference. In the circumstance it’s possible that Handel wouldn’t have minded.

31 thoughts on “1887. The Harmonious Blacksmith

    1. Bruce Post author

      It’s so easy to do. I sometimes confuse the sousaphone with the piccolo – I’m talking about looks not the sound they make which I believe are very similar.

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        1. Bruce Post author

          Your friend would have to ask Peter Paul and Mary – they seemed to know at least what a harmonica was:
          If I had a harmonica
          I’d harmonicate in the morning etc.
          As for the piano – isn’t that some sort of tropical fish?

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    1. Bruce Post author

      LOL! Lydia may have lost a finger in the Blacksmith’s shop. I actually remember as a kid playing Handel’s Sarabande and Mum saying she didn’t like Handel because it goes boom boom boom. It’s only in the last month or so that I’ve started to play him on the piano (I feel guilty about it and have to make up for lost time!)

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