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Music 339-345: Six pieces and a minuet

Hi Everyone

Here are the last of the piano pieces for 2019. The set is called Six Pieces and a Minuet – because I occasionally border on the eccentric. My New Year’s Resolution for 2019 was to compose some pieces for the piano and it’s been achieved – 181 times! A big thanks to those who listened and apologies to those I bored! For good reason, Fame has eluded me over the years. There’s a poem HERE (it opens on a new page) that tries to explain why!

Click on a title in the first list to listen to the music, and click on a title in the second list to download the written music.


Click on a title to listen
1. The question
2. Hoopla
3. Yipee
4. Oh no!
5. Fairground train ride
6. Detective Inspector
(aka “Something to play over and over if you want to annoy your parents”)
7. A minuet to end the year

Click on a title to download the written music
1. The question
2. Hoopla
3. Yipee
4. Oh no!
5. Fairground train ride
6. Detective Inspector
7. A minuet to end the year

841. A final bow?


Alex was into amateur theatre. It couldn’t be said he had the lead role in the latest production. In fact, it couldn’t really be said that he had even a minor role in the latest production. Towards the end of the play, Alex had to carry the front end of a bier onto the stage and place it down solemnly. Someone else carried the back end, and then they would walk off. The body on board had to breathe as little as possible to make it look like a corpse.

Alex was nervous about appearing on stage. After all, despite all the hard work by the cast, the production had a season of just the one night. He’d waited in the back room for three quarters of an hour for his moment to arrive. He played cards while he waited. He’d never been on stage before. He had sweaty hands. What if he dropped the body or something?

Then he heard clapping. It was applause coming from the auditorium. Clearly the audience was enjoying the performance.

What’s this? A standing ovation? But it’s not finished yet, surely?

Alex’s moment of glory had passed without him.

821. Karaoke night


Lottie loved karaoke night. The local club organised one night a month as a fund-raising venture. Lottie’s contribution was by far the most popular. In fact, even those dyed-in-the-wool smokers put aside their puffing in the outside porch to step inside and listen.

Blue Suede Shoes was Lottie’s tour de force. Made most famous by Elvis of course. Lottie would swing her hips as she sang, as if she was The King herself.

Well, it’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat, go
But don’t you
Step on my blue suede shoes
You can do anything
But stay off of my blue suede shoes.

How the audience would cheer! More ! More! And Lottie would break into Wooden Heart:

Please don’t break my heart in two
That’s not hard to do
Cause I don’t have a wooden heart.

You should make a recording, people would say. And to be honest, Lottie had thought about it… More ! More!

Lottie’s contribution was popular because she was so bad at it. She couldn’t sing. She couldn’t dance. It was hilarious. People were in stitches. She got away with it because she was a born comedian. Her performances were perfection. And boy, did it rake in the money!