The Piano and the Circus

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Title The Piano and the Circus
Description TEE PIANO AHD THE CIRCUS Mary Louise Seamons Or em, Utah Eon-Professional Division Second Place Short Story Willard and Bothilda had long known the importance and Pleasant, had inspired in his children a love for music. Although they had an organ in their home as they were growing up, none of the children had been allowed to play it; the privilege was reserved for their father. Yet he taught lessons to others, for which he received no pay. How Bothilda had longed to touch the ivory key3, to pump the bellows with her tiny feet, to accompany herself as she sang the songs of Zion in her sweet soprano tones. But that was not to be until she could afford an organ in her own home when she was grown. Yet the desire was there. Willard, too, had known the joy of music. How he and Bothilda enjoyed dancing together, or sitting quietly-listening to the lively tunes played by the orchestra when dances. Music was such a lovely part of life. One day John Hasler, then town musician, had approached them offering to sell them an organ. Soon, he told them, there would be pianos available. If they later wished to have a piano, he would allow them to trade back the organ as partial payment. After much discussion and planning, the Prandsens decided their children deserved the privilege of learning to play and of having music available to then in their own home. An agreement waa reached with Mr. Hasler, and the organ had been delivered. They had been ecstatic. Payments had been made regularly, and the organ was now solely theirs: paid for through their diligence and frugality. They forgot about the piano. Time passed. The children grew, and new ones were added to the family. As each reached an age of teachability, Bothilda helped them, as best she could, pick out simple tunes on the organ. Coordination was important, as feet and hands must move in unison. If they forgot to pump the pedals, aoon the organ sighed, and no more sound was emitted. They learned to keep pumping, even when not pressing1 down the keys. ^_
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