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The Ballad of Barnaby

New York: G. Schirmer, 1970

4to, pp. 53. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front and rear panels. A fine copy.

First edition.

In his note introducing the score Charles Turner, music teacher at Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut, writes:

'In the autumn of 1968 I asked W.H. Auden if he might be interested in writing something, based on the medieval legend of The Juggler of Notre Dame, for which music would be composed by my students.... Mr. Auden very kindly sent us a narrative text, entitled The Ballad of Barnaby; and music for the drama was composed by eleven girls between the ages of fourteen and eighteen...'

The work was first performed in St. John's Church in Washington in May 1969 and received rather more attention than the usual school production, as a result of which this score was published, its wrappers beautifully illustrated by the American artist Edward Gorey. In 1972, Gorey republished Auden's poem and his own artwork as a broadside, and distributed it at Auden's memorial service at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Not in Bloomfield and Mendelson (whose cut-off date is 1969, a year before the publication of this score). Poignant, rather scarce, and a beautiful copy.

Keywords: W.H. AUDEN"

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