Ballads for orchestra are not common. Among Russian works Tchaikovsky’s The Voyevoda is best known; there are also symphonic ballads by Miaskovsky, Lyapunov – and Glazunov: the Ballad in F major, op. 72 (1902). The work does not have a program though it shares certain romantic material with the composer’s suite From the Middle Ages. It is in ternary form and pastoral as is suggested by the key of F major. First there is a slow, lyrical section with a repeated motif expressing intense yearning. The middle fast section is march-like, with calls by a trio of trumpets suggesting chivalric medieval times. After a spectacular evocation of nature the opening section returns, modified with reminiscences of the trumpets and associated figures.