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Ballade (Coleridge-Taylor)

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (trans. Donald Patterson)

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The work bears the designation Opus 33.

General Info

Year: 1898 /
Duration: c. 11:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band?
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Coleridge-Taylor caught the attention of renowned composer Sir Edward Elgar, eventually earning him a commission through Elgar's music publisher, August Johannes Jaeger. The resulting work, Ballade, was performed at the 1898 Three Choirs Festival and became his first major compositional success.

Ballade is full of energy, passion, and warmth. The piece opens with a dramatic timpani roll and flute trills, followed by a fiery passage played by the woodwinds and supported by the brass. This heroic theme unwinds into a tenderer theme which evokes a cinematic love song. The piece alternates between these two contrasting moods before concluding with the most dramatic rendition of the opening theme.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 11 August 2022


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 26 February 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 11 August 2022

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Danse Negre (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Bukin) (1898/2020)

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