Ballade (2010)

Duration: 10:00 minutes

Instrumentation: alto flute, viola, harp (with optional accordion)

Premiere: April 8, 2011 at Music at First in Brooklyn by janus with the composer on accordion


     Ballade is a tone poem without a specific story. Like the lyrical and dramatic ballades by Chopin, Brahms and others, the music gives the definite impression of a narrative, but one that you can’t quite put your finger on. The work opens with a plaintive unaccompanied melody, which is answered by a series of refrains, always sinking lower and lower in pitch. The middle section is a wild scherzo in perpetual motion that builds to a dramatic return of the opening refrain.