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(2,989 posts)
Tue Aug 30, 2022, 02:51 PM Aug 2022

Does anyone know this piece?

There was a song my mother made me practice growing up. Because of the tempo I think it was a waltz. I’ve been trying to identify it and haven’t been able to despite scouring literally hundreds of pages of sheet music and listening to hours and hours of waltzes via You Tube. If anyone on DU can help to identify it I would be very appreciative. Here is what I remember of what the beginning sounded like:

Play middle C and E together, then play D and F together, then play E and G together, then play D sharp and F sharp together, then back to E and G. Repeat D sharp and F sharp and E and G two more times.

I can hear more of it in my head but can’t find the key combination to it on the piano.


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(2,989 posts)
3. YES! That's it and you're right I probably didn't recognize it on sheet music because
Tue Aug 30, 2022, 02:59 PM
Aug 2022

I was looking for a piece that started with middle C. Thanks.

I am sticking firm to re-learning all of the basics but occasionally want to venture out to something else and this is what I wanted. I am sure I have the sheet music for this. I am happy.


(2,989 posts)
9. It's been 60 years since I last played the piano but am I crazy???
Tue Aug 30, 2022, 10:26 PM
Aug 2022

Hi Blue Owl, your answer to my post was the song I was looking for. I found it in my sheet music and the music sheet I have says Ludwig van Beethoven -- Minuet in G. However, it's not the same as the sheet music appearing in the video you posted with your response. My sheet music has no "double notes" such as playing CE, DF, GE, DFsharp at the same time in any key! No wonder I didn't recognize it as the song I was looking for. The version I have is contained in the music book "Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics".

Is there a difference between "Menuett" and "Minuet in G?" If not, all I can think of is that my version has been "dumbed-down" for beginners. Is this a common practice?

I'm going to search for the version shown in the video as that's the version I played.

Thanks again.

Blue Owl

(52,191 posts)
10. Many beginner-level books feature arrangements that are simplified
Tue Aug 30, 2022, 11:44 PM
Aug 2022

Not uncommon at all! In my youth I remember practicing out of the John Thompson lesson books which get progressively more difficult, and there were several arrangements in the early books that were simplified versions of the great classics.

I’m a total amateur when it comes to piano playing, and am better at ‘playing by ear’ vs. sight-reading notes. Either way, I believe playing music, even just for your own self-enjoyment, is good for the mind, body, and spirit and a great activity as we age. So keep it up, and most importantly have fun with it! Playing a piece of music is kind of like solving a puzzle, and satisfying when you get it down.


(34,264 posts)
6. Lots of smart, musical people here.
Tue Aug 30, 2022, 03:13 PM
Aug 2022

That was my guess but my piano lessons stopped in college when I majored in a wind instrument and I finished my required piano courses. It has been a while.

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