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The Ballad of Reading Gaol, an Accompanied Reading

By Paul Burnell

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Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion Ensemble, Narrator - Intermediate
Composed by Paul Burnell. 21st Century, Spoken Word. Score. 23 pages. Published by Paul Burnell (S0.90133).

Item Number: S0.90133

Composed 2010, revised 2014. One of a series of fourteen accompaniments to texts published between 1886-1899. Text: ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
For narrator (amplified if necessary), flutes (and/or tenor/bass recorders), clarinets, muted strings, percussion.
Programme note:‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ was written by Oscar Wilde in France on release from Reading Gaol in 1897 after being sentenced to two years hard labour. During his imprisonment Charles Thomas Wooldridge, who had been convicted of murdering his wife, was hanged. The poem was published in 1898 under the name C.3.3., which stood for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. The text is a mixture of the first and second versions of Wilde’s poem.

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