In Turville

The mystical town of Turville allows me to create a pun title for an etude about musical Intervals!

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Turville is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the Chiltern Hills, 5 miles west of High Wycombe and 5 miles north of Henley-on-Thames. The name is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means ‘dry field’. It was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 796 as Thyrefeld.

The manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. The manor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park. The present incumbent of the manor is Lord Sainsbury (part of the Sainsbury grocery chain in the United Kingdom).

Turville was home to Ellen Sadler, who fell asleep in 1871, aged eleven, and purportedly did not wake for nine years, becoming known as the “Sleeping Girl of Turville”.

The local pub is the Bull and Butcher. Turville Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Importance, and it includes Cobstone Windmill, visible in the cover image.

And of course, the name of the town lends itself to a “King James” pun about musical intervals, which is the focus of this short primer-level etude. The piece advances primer-level theory knowledge through the introduction of D.C. al Fine, and students may be introduced to two note slurs and staccato. When the left hand plays, its finger numbers are the exact same as the right hand’s, so this is a good piece to introduce inversion to composition and theory students.

Key: C major

Mood: majestic yet plain.

Pedagogy: intervals, staccato, two-note slurs, inversion, D.C. al Fine.


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