Ballad on Queen Anne's Death

Ballad on Queen Anne's Death was completed by Hundley in late December 1962 in New York City. It is dedicated to Jan Behr, a repetiteur at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1960's. It was premiered by singer John Reardon. In September 1978, Hundley revised this piece and arranged it for voice accompanied by flute, clarinet and cello in the key of f minor.

--Esther Jane Hardenbergh
Ballad on Queen Anne's Death

March with his wind hath struck a cedar tall,
And weeping April mourns the cedar's fall;
And May intends no flowers her month shall bring,
Since she must lose the flower of all the spring;:
Thus March's wind hath caused April showers,
And yet sad May must lose her flower of flowers.

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