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|Work Title||Ballade No.6|
|Alternative. Title||The Housewife's Lament|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1980|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Harpsichord or Piano|
The Housewife's Lament was written in 1980 at the request of the harpsichordist Judith Norell. It is a set of variations on a 19th-century song of the same name with words from the diary of Mrs. Sarah Price:
Although the piece was intended for the harpsichord, I find that it works just well when played on the piano. Perhaps the ideal instrument would be an old upright piano of the kind that could be found in middle-class homes across America in the early part of the century.