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Three Ballads for Bassoon and Piano, Op 63a were arranged in 2020 from earlier material. Lyrical, elegiac and nostalgic in style, the pieces in this album are not intended to be performed as a suite. They are individual duos, ideal for concert use or for free-choice examination pieces. The first two ballads are reworked from discarded material in an early opera – Yellow Earth Ridge – produced in 1976 and later withdrawn. Never waste a good melody! The third ballad is an elaborate reworking of a song from …too bitter sweet (2017). 1. Beneath a red sun (c. 4’ 40”)
2. Rains in the Third Month (c.4’)
3. (Echo)….in the silence of the night (c. 3’ 45”)
These bassoon versions of the ballads are dedicated to Elizabeth Trigg.