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Published on Oct 16, 2015
Ballad for Piano and Orchestra was written for performance at the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was premiered at the Fair's Amphitheater on July 25th by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lyall, conductor. The performance recorded here was given in 1983 by the Rome Radio Orchestra, Massimo Pradella, conductor. The piano soloist and composer is Richard Trythall. As the original occasion demanded, and the title suggests, this work was written with the intent of evoking the atmosphere and narrative tradition of the tragic, time-honored Anglo-Celtic ballads that permeate the Appalachian folklore of East Tennessee. This accounts for the choice of the melodic and harmonic material, for the first person "storyteller" role of the solo piano, and for the dramatic tone of the work.