Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow (piano)
Arranged for piano solo
George Butterworth (1885-1916) is known for a handful of works composed before his tragic death in action during the First World War. Butterworth made many trips to the English countryside to collect folk songs, noting down over four hundred melodies. His orchestral idyll The Banks of Green Willow was composed in 1913 and is based on two folksongs, ‘The banks of green willow’ and ‘Green bushes’. This piano arrangement by Iain Farrington is clear and expressive, conveying the full scope of this orchestral gem.