Ballade No.6 (Rzewski, Frederic)

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 Complete Performance
#153853 - 15.47MB - 13:31 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 447x

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Reccmo (2011/11/20)

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Frederic Rzewski (Piano)

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Frederic Rzewski

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 Complete Score
#115691 - 7.98MB, 9 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 918x

PDF scanned by Frederic Rzewski
Elaine Fine (2011/8/29)

WIMA.b54a-THE-HOUSEWIFES-LAMENT.pdf
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Brussels: Sound Pool Music (BMI)
(autograph manuscript)

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General Information

Work Title Ballade No.6
Alternative Title The Housewife's Lament
Composer Rzewski, Frederic
Year/Date of Composition 1980
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Harpsichord or Piano


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Composer's comments:

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:

Life is a toil and love is a trouble,
Beauty will fade and riches will flee;
Pleasures they dwindle and prices they double,
And nothing is as I would wish it to be.

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.

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