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The Embankment and Cleopatra's Needle at Night, London (c1910) by George Hyde Pownall (1876-1932)
Private Collection / Bourne Gallery, Reigate / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67991/2
Recording details: April 2012
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2013
Total duration: 5 minutes 12 seconds

Melody for the G string, Op 47
composer
1917; in G flat major; first performed by Lionel Tertis and Bowen on 7 July 1917; published in 1923 by Swan & Co; Andante tranquillo

Other recordings available for download
Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Published by Swan & Co in 1923 and later reissued by Josef Weinberger, the Melody for the G string was conceived for violin or viola playing in the same octave register. Accordingly it confines itself to darker hues and a modest range of pitch, its technical challenges arising from its key, G flat major. Assuming an accompanist of professional standing, Bowen is able to embellish and elevate a simple conceit by pianistic and harmonic means. The result is a gently affecting statement in ternary form and triple time, dominated by the rhythm presented in the violinist’s opening notes.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano' (CDA67651/2)
Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano

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