The Ballad of Robert de Bruce, Changes’ Magnum Opus, a twenty-five minute song/album will be released as an LP on colored vinyl.
The song is R. N. Taylor‘s lyric poem of the 14th century saga of Robert Bruce, who followed William Wallace of Braveheart, and the hardships that prevailed on his journey to the throne as King of Scotland, set to music by Nicholas Tesluk.
The album features Changes’ vocals and guitar and the stellar accompaniment of Annabel Moynihan (violin) and Michael (bodhrán) Moynihan. Scheduled release date, March, 2019.
In the early 1970s, not long after completing work on the first three parts of Legends; The Homeric, The Eddic and The Arthurian, in the tradition of their ballads of heroism, R. N. Taylor wrote this lyric poem about the famous Scottish King.
For those who may not remember hearing of Robert Bruce, you may recall knowing of him from the great Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart. He was the warrior who at the end of the film takes up the gauntlet after William Wallace’s death.
Now there is another excellent movie, celebrating this period of Scottish history entitled Outlaw King with Chris Pine in the role of Robert Bruce. Another film is scheduled for 2019 entitled Robert the Bruce.
Changes‘ saga begins following the Battle of Falkirk, when Robert Bruce is made aware that he has been warring against his own people.
The story continues through the famous tale where Bruce is hold up in a cave, watching a spider spin a web. The outcome of the spider’s efforts determine the course that he will follow in his efforts to become king.
It is a grand story of heroism in 14th Century Scotland vividly told by Mr. Taylor.
In 1973, Nicholas Tesluk spent several months composing the music for this saga. Unlike the music composed for the six parts of their Legends song, where the melody follows similarly, in bardic form, through the parts with minor changes, Nicholas wanted to emphasize the beauty of the events of The Ballad of Robert de Bruce with melodies befitting the dramatic action of the song.
Thus, the ballad captures the essence of the saga leaving the listener with vivid images of what the duo of Changes was intending to convey.
The song is beautifully enhanced with Annabel Moynihan on violin and Michael Moynihan on bodhrán. Michael also provides background vocals.
Nicholas and Robert have been looking forward to recording this ballad for many years, with the participation of their dear friends, Michael and Annabel and the production genius of Robert Ferbrache.
As technology had changed since they had originally recorded tracks in the late 90s, the four of them went back into the studio between 2015 – 2018 to record it all anew.
The Ballad of Robert de Bruce
Part 1–After the Battle
Part 2–His Solemn Oath
Part 3–The Outlaw King
Part 4–The Abduction
Part 5–The Spider