• Arthur Bliss
  • The Lady of Shalott (1958)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • 2(pic)222/2210/timp.perc/hp.cel(pf)/str
  • 40 min

Programme Note


Forbidden to leave her tower, The Lady of Shalott can only participate in the joys of everyday life glimpsed through her mirror. At the climax of the ballet, she leaves the tower to be united with Sir Lancelot, breaking the spell at the expense of her life. Bliss suggested that the piece can be seen as an allegory of the dilemma of youth; trapped between its desire for and its dread of experience.