The Ballad of John


Composer: Allan Herbie Jones
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
SKU: FM452 Categories: ,


The Ballad Of John is basically an exercise in tuning and tone control. Make the most of the ‘ad lib’ instruction throughout the piece; the player should be able to feel where more rubato must be used. It’s not always marked, but rubato plays a big part in the performance of this piece. ¬†Particular attention should be paid to dynamic markings, phrasing and articulation. The flourish at the end can use as much ad lib and improvisation as the player and accompanist require. ¬†Inspired by a late uncle, who took his time at doing almost everything, but could show a burst of energy when it was needed.