Cornell Glee Club, Britten's "Ballad of Little Musgrave"

One of my favorite choral pieces. Find more in The Voice Studio

Direct from the Classical New England Fraser Performance Studio at Boston's WGBH, Director Scott Tucker leads the Cornell University Glee Club in "The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard," by Benjamin Britten. John Rowehl is the pianist. Cathy Fuller is the host.

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Comment by Jonathon Hampton on November 26, 2012 at 11:44am

Found a folk version of the same song. Which do you prefer?

Comment by Demosthenes Dimitrakoulakos on November 6, 2012 at 7:48am

I think this is a wonderful example of how a composer can integrate several different moods through smooth transitions in the same piece.

Comment by Jonathon Hampton on November 2, 2012 at 10:00am

Yeah, Britten was pheonomenal at composing intricate harmonies and dissonances that are somehow very pleasing to the ear. The piano-voice interplay is so well composed. I would liked to have heard better tuning at the beginning, but the emotion and clarity were there from the start - critical for any ensemble.

Comment by Josie Rose Duncan on October 27, 2012 at 12:53pm


The voices come in so delicately at the start, and the harmonies clashes and dischords are absolutely beautiful.  They are so together, I'm so impressed. Great contrast in this piece! So atmospheric. 

Loved this so much, Benjamin Britten is superb and this glee club are outstanding too. 

Comment by Morgan Snowden on October 3, 2012 at 8:34pm
This is amazing! i love it! the harmonies in this are great!


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