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Opus 19
The Ballad of Kingslea Mere

This work for voice and piano was composed in 1905 and sets a dramatic ballad by Thomas Love Peacock. The poem's theme is "death before dishonour".

The original manuscript is held in the Cambridge University Library (MS.Add.9192.68(1)).

About this work

Op.19 is one of several songs by CBR which can only be described as dramatic, tragic and bloodthirsty. For examples, see Op.11 "It was an English ladye bright" (1902) and Op.69 "The Twa Sisters o' Binnorie" (1922): no happy endings there either...

As far as we can discover, the most recent broadcast performance of "The Ballad of Kingslea Mere" was in a Song Recital by Michael Rippon on BBC Radio 3 in 1978.


Publication status

Originally published by Charles Avison Ltd in 1907, the sheet music for this song has been out of print for several decades. But the work has now been typeset, and we intend to publish our new edition later in 2018.

Op.19 original edition

Original 1907 edition by Charles Avison Ltd


About this recording

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