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Variations on The Willow Tree by Garth BaxterFor Solo Alto FluteDuration: 2:00
This is a set of four variations on the beautiful but little known English folk song. The work begins and ends with a statement of the actual folk song melody. "The Willow Tree" is a tragic song of lost love. The last verse reads:I once had gold and silver, I thought them without end.I once had gold and silver, I thought I had a true friend.My wealth is lost, my friend is false, my love hath he stolen from me,While here I lie alone to die beneath the willow tree.