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The Ballade of sweet William

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The Ballad of sweet William is a grim piece which, like the Lindbergh songs, has a demanding accompaniment for piano four hands. Dating from 2003, this work was composed for the Young People’s Chorus Of New York, and is based upon an anonymous 18th-century Scottish folk ballad, Sweet William’s Ghost, first printed in 1740. Bennett’s vivid setting was first performed by the chorus at the Ethical Culture Society on 25th April 2004.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012


Bennett (RR): Letters to Lindbergh & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD325Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD325 [7'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD325 track 5

Recording date
29 April 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Richard Bland
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  1. Bennett (RR): Letters to Lindbergh & other choral works (SIGCD325)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2013
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