"Super-Insulated House" reel,
copyright Hope Hoffman 2005

While living in an un-insulated Quonset hut in Bowdoinham, I wrote this speedy, note-y tune to stay warm -- it's very active to play and energizing to dance to!

Perhaps the excitement of a fantasy about a very well-insulated house contributed to the happiness of the tune.

The melody lends itself easily to harmony parts.

"Super-Insulated House" is recorded live at a contra dance on the new CD "FIDDLEDANCEMUSIC: Field Recordings in Maine 2006-2008." This album is available online as single-track downloads and mail-order, and at Maine retailers.

For sheet music, see the image file below, or at's
page of original tunes.

Link here to sample recording of "Super-Insulated House."


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A part including repeats:

A A A A ~ A A E A
A A E A ~ D D E A
A A A A ~ A A E A
A A A A ~ E E E A

B part including repeats:

E E D D ~ E E D A
E E E E ~ E E E A
E E E E ~ E E D A
E E E E ~ D D E A

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