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Benjamin Britten: The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard



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Voicing:      TBB
Format:      Sheet Music
Composer:      Benjamin Britten
Music Category:       Choral
Dimensions:      10.50 X 6.75, 22 pages
Item Code:      48021286

for male voices (T Bar B) and piano (Britten notes that this should be two pianos if performed by a large chorus) Text: anon: from the Oxford Book of Ballads Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 2-3 This work had a curious genesis. Britten's stance as a conscientious objector in World War II is well known but his sympathies for those caught up in its ramifications were as deeply felt as anyone's. Written in the middle of the war years, this ballad was composed 'For Richard Wood and the musicians of Oflag VIIb - Germany'. Wood had organised a music festival at this officers' POW camp at Eichstätt, Bavaria between February and March 1943 and Britten's work was performed at seven of the concerts.The story tells of an unfaithful wife and her lover (Lady Barnard and little Musgrave) being discovered in flagrante delicto and murdered by the cheated husband, Lord Barnard. The music is wonderfully descriptive of the tale beginning with a plodding piano part and the prosaic opening of t

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