Programme Notes

Talia Erdal - Ballade for the Death of a Dove

Ballade for the Death of a Dove (2019) is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Yona Erdal (1950-2016), whose name in Hebrew means “dove”.
The composition is a lament-memory consisting of Jewish- and Middle Eastern-sounding motives, echoing the songs and melodies that my mother used to sing to me, to herself, and around the Shabbat table.

I hope she would have enjoyed it.

The piece was written in 2019 for Carla Rees as a part of a composition seminar project at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

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