A memory

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Eruption.


One evening in 2013 I joined a vast audience to witness a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As soon as I returned home, I  wrote a 350-word vignette which I still consider to be one of my favourite pieces of writing. 

The following is a six-sentence summary of what I recall. The memory of that evening will stay with me forever. I’ve placed a recording of the final chorus below should you choose to listen whilst reading.




Thousands fill the vast arena, expectant, excited, impatient.

As the orchestra assembles on stage the choir files to the rear. 

To spontaneous applause, the leader appears violin in hand, followed by the conductor who acknowledges his welcome, turns to the musicians, taps his baton on the rostrum then raises it. 

Wrapped in a lush blanket of sound, I close my eyes and everyone disappears, it’s just me and the music, rising and falling, carrying me with it, on and on.

I shudder as it reaches its magnificent climax then a moment’s silence is followed by an eruption of thunderous applause, people standing, clapping, shrieking for more.

And so ends a night of passion.


The original piece on which my Six Sentence Story is based can be found HERE


six-sentence-stories-1Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.

39 thoughts on “A memory

  1. Frank Hubeny Jun 23, 2022 / 03:23

    On such nights it is best to keep one’s eyes closed and ears open and receptive.

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  2. hilarymb Jun 23, 2022 / 05:38

    Well done Keith – sounds an amazing night … cheers Hilary

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      • hilarymb Jun 23, 2022 / 13:32

        Passionate ones ??? Or don’t you mention those ???!!!! Cheers – no answer needed, other than a laugh and some memories … H

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  3. Sadje Jun 23, 2022 / 05:48

    An awesomely painted scene Keith


  4. Natasha Jun 23, 2022 / 08:36

    You took me right there with your words and vivid imageries dear Keith.

    If this isn’t utter bliss then what is?

    Happy Summer Solstice. 🙂

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  5. jenne49 Jun 23, 2022 / 08:39

    ‘Wrapped in a lush blanket of sound, I close my eyes and everyone disappears, it’s just me and the music…’
    Beautiful, Keith. Some music does this to us and you describe the experience, albeit a shortened version of the original, in a way that takes us right into it. Thank you. I shall put this on my list of pieces to lexplore.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 23, 2022 / 13:24

      Thanks so much Jenne. Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a concert by the RSNO at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. If ever they have a performance of the Passion, I’ll probably be heading north again!

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  6. ceayr Jun 23, 2022 / 10:03

    Well, well, old turd, maybe you do have a soul after all!
    Great piece of music.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 23, 2022 / 13:25

      I do believe I have, but I try not to advertise the fact! It is indeed a fabulous work.


  7. ladysighs Jun 23, 2022 / 11:51

    How fortunate you were to attend. Music produces sensations hard to describe. Six Sentences is/was enough for us to understand your passion.

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  8. Doug Jacquier Jun 23, 2022 / 18:07

    Reminds me of a cartoon I saw recently along the lines of ‘How hard can conducting be? You pick up a stick, the music starts and when it stops, you turn and bow.’ Sounds like a great night,

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  9. Tom Jun 23, 2022 / 18:23

    Nice to be carried away by, and in, the moment, Keith! Such moments are worth remembering.

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  10. clark Jun 23, 2022 / 22:28

    Wonderful music, excellent Six.

    (I’ve never tried that, to write of the experience of listening to music. Seems to me to be quite a daunting challenge, the primary object being something that, in most of us, establishes connections and creates associations within the listener, with or without their cooperation.)

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 24, 2022 / 12:59

      It’s a challenge worth accepting, it takes you to another place. Thanks so much.


  11. Staarlz Jun 24, 2022 / 03:54

    This is beyond wonderful, magnificent–thank you, thank you 🙂

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  12. GirlieOnTheEdge Jun 25, 2022 / 03:36

    I followed your suggestion, Keith and listened to the piece while reading your Six. It totally enhanced my experience. What a glorious evening it must have been!

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  13. Liz H Jun 25, 2022 / 03:49

    You’ve so wonderfully set the scene, led us to our seats, dimmed the lights, and provided the music.
    Thank you, thank you!!

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  14. Spira Jun 27, 2022 / 20:14

    It seems you had a MetaPhysic experience…the Aristotle way. And music can do it in such a powerful way.
    (one of the things we have missed the past two aand a half years…that communion)
    Hats off.


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