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Three Songs with viola

Frank Bridge (b. 1879 - d. 1941)

Lawrence Power (photo credit: Jack Liebeck)

Lawrence Power (photo credit: Jack Liebeck)

Composer
Frank Bridge (b. 1879 - d. 1941)
Composition Year
1906-7
Work Movements
1. Far, far from each other
2. Where is it that our soul doth go?
3. Music, when soft voices die
Artists
Joseph Middleton [piano], Lawrence Power [viola], Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Frank Bridge became Britten’s main composition teacher when the youthful composer was only fourteen and remained a significant influence for many years. Britten himself cited Bridge’s influence until the end of his life, so it is entirely in keeping to follow late Britten with early Bridge in a concert that is zigzagging its way back from the 1960s to the 1860s. This work is particularly apposite as the violist, Audrey Alston, became Britten’s viola teacher and was responsible for introducing him to Frank Bridge.

In the first fifteen years of the twentieth century, Bridge was prominent in English musical life, a multi-talented instrumentalist, conductor, composer and, like so many composers, an exceptional viola player. As a young composer he specialised in high-grade easy-going miniatures displaying his personal brand of wistful but fresh melody enjoying considerable success in the then amateurish English musical environment. The Three Songs are not really a cycle but make a satisfying group with a shared mood of sombre but underplayed melancholy.

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Three Songs with viola

Composer: Frank Bridge (b. 1879 - d. 1941)
Performance date: Saturday 5th July 2014
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Frank Bridge (b. 1879 - d. 1941)
Work Title Three Songs with viola
Composition Year 1906-7
Work Movements 1. Far, far from each other
2. Where is it that our soul doth go?
3. Music, when soft voices die
Artist(s) Joseph Middleton [piano], Lawrence Power [viola], Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano]
Performance Date Saturday 5th July 2014
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Finale
Duration 00:09:23
Recording Engineer Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Trio
Instrumentation S-solo, va, pf
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Frank Bridge became Britten’s main composition teacher when the youthful composer was only fourteen and remained a significant influence for many years. Britten himself cited Bridge’s influence until the end of his life, so it is entirely in keeping to follow late Britten with early Bridge in a concert that is zigzagging its way back from the 1960s to the 1860s. This work is particularly apposite as the violist, Audrey Alston, became Britten’s viola teacher and was responsible for introducing him to Frank Bridge.

In the first fifteen years of the twentieth century, Bridge was prominent in English musical life, a multi-talented instrumentalist, conductor, composer and, like so many composers, an exceptional viola player. As a young composer he specialised in high-grade easy-going miniatures displaying his personal brand of wistful but fresh melody enjoying considerable success in the then amateurish English musical environment. The Three Songs are not really a cycle but make a satisfying group with a shared mood of sombre but underplayed melancholy.