The Quatre Morceaux
, Op 65, are the last known surviving works by Bortkiewicz and were published in 1947, five years before the composer’s death. There seems to have been a brief revival of interest in Bortkiewicz’s music in 1947 (the year of the composer’s seventieth birthday) and this publication by the Viennese publisher Ludwig Doblinger (seven years after his previous published work, Lyrica Nova
, Op 59) was probably arranged to coincide with the formation, in Vienna, of the Bortkiewicz Society in the same year.
from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000