Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
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Lest we forget: music for Remembrance Day
4. Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
A beautiful piece of pastoral music conjuring idyllic scenes of rolling countryside, Butterworth composed the piece in 1913 and it was first performed in the following year. The composer died two years later during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, at the age of just 31.