VARIATIONS ON ' THE TURKISH LADY'

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VARIATIONS ON ' THE TURKISH LADY'

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$29.95 score and part

Year Authored (or revised): 

1992

Scoring: 

cb,pf

Duration (min): 

20

Recording: 

Andrew Kohn

For Variations on “The Turkish Lady,” Blank, then living in Virginia, chose a musical theme that is also from Virginia: “The Turkish Lady” is one of the names given in Virginia to an old English ballad which, in the seminal work of ballad scholar Francis James Child, is identified as “Young Beichan,” ballad 53 out of 305. The popularity of this ballad is attested to by Bertrand Bronson’s magisterial The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads With Their Texts, which records this tune as variant 47 out of 112. Arthur Kyle Davis summarizes the plot: “This ballad tells the romantic story of an Englishman released from prison in Turkey by his jailer’s daughter, under a pact that neither would marry another for seven long years. At the end of that time she arrives in England in the midst of his wedding feast. Young Beichan sends the bride home (none the worse for him) and takes the Turkish lady for his wife.” —Andrew Kohn

Ensemble Type: 

solo inst+keyboard

dedicated to David Murray

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