Hey all! I'm working on my second piece for piano, which is sounding like a minuet. I literally got the idea on a whim while I was practicing. Unfortunately, I've only managed to write down the beginning melody and can't think of anything else. So I figured this would be a good place to get help. I'm putting the link to the PDF below. Looking forward to feedback!

Minuet No. 1 (Beginning Melody Only)

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  • Hi Allison,

    Have you thought about a bassline and a sense of how you wish to harmonize these first 8 measures? One approach to the minuet could be a typical parallel period construction, which would mean that the next 8 measures could essentially repeat or could begin with a repeat of the first 4 measures and the an adjustment of the next four to head for a cadence.

    The first 8 bars you have in G minor and you have ending on a G. You might want to consider ending on the dominant chord of D here (a half cadence) and wait until the end of the next 8 bars to arrive at G in the melody on a full cadence to G minor.

    You might want to look at some minuets and see the different ways the phases can be constructed (Mozart has plenty of good examples--(e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9AsLW08f6M). I would say experiment with the 8 bars you have and try different cadences as you think about how you want the next 8 measures to repeat exactly, repeat similarly but not exactly. Just have fun playing around with many different possibilities.

    Hope this helps,


  • Since that phrase is rythmically repetitive, the next phrase you can do the opposite, more variety, less sequences, so you can get a very nice effect of balance between repetitive and non-repetitive. For example, you are repeating the idea: taaaa ta - taaaa ta -taaaa ta etc, every bar, in the next phrase you can do one idea in one bar, in the next bar other different idea, then in the next bar you repeat the first idea, so instead of repeat every bar you repeat every two bars, it's just an example, there are many ways to do it. You can be more free in the cadences, if the first part of the phrase is repetitive in the cadence you can be the opposite, well these are just some ideas.

  • There's material there all right though it might be an idea to end the phrase on an imperfect cadence or modulation to a related key (Bb major?). An imperfect cadence would end on a chord of D or D7 which would allow you to lead into an 'answering phrase' to bring it back into G minor.

    It would also be useful to notate in text the chord numbers you'd use to harmonise it. Once it's harmonised you can experiment with passing notes or chords to give it interest and variety. 

  • Listening and studying minuets could help and inspire you. I collected 12 minuets written by Baroque composers. You can download the scores (pdf) and mp3 for free.

    12 Free Minuets (scroll down a bit).

    Some of them are easy to play. At the same page you can download 12 preludes and 12 fughettas, also for free.


    Download free music scores for piano/harpsichord/keyboards
    Really free scores and mp3. Little preludes, fugues, minuets, music for children and many more.
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