AUDEN, W. H.

The Ballad of Barnaby.

New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1970 Stock Code: 148192
£175.00
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First edition in book form, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through.

Charles Turner, a teacher at Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut, wrote to Auden requesting that he write something "based on the medieval legend of The Juggler of Notre Dame, for which music would be composed by my students" (preface). The result was the libretto The Ballad of Barnaby, first performed by students of the school in May 1969 at their local St John's Church. It first appeared in print (without the musical score) in 1969 in the New York Review of Books.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue illustrated wrappers, titles to front cover in black.

Illustrations

Photographic illustrations of the 11 student composers, musical score to contents.

Condition

Wrappers lightly toned, short tear to head of front joint, a little rubbing to spine and rear cover, chip and a couple of creases to front cover, contents bright and clean. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Not in Bloomfield and Mendelson (see C769).

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