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Romance in A major

1908; originally for cello and piano; viola arrangement by the composer

Following his earlier Romance in D flat, Bowen composed the Romance in A major in 1908, this time originally for cello and piano, although he soon arranged it for viola. (He also went on to write two Romances for solo piano in 1913.) This work rises from the depths, spinning an expressive line, and as it moves up the instrument’s register it gains in tempo and emotion before sinking back. It goes through this procedure again, the second time more quickly, before the expressive viola frames the reflective coda high on the instrument.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2008

À la Romance en ré bémol de jeunesse succéda la Romance en la majeur (1908), originellement conçue pour violoncelle et piano, mais bientôt arrangée pour alto (Bowen écrira aussi deux Romances pour piano solo, en 1913). Cette œuvre s’élève des profondeurs pour filer une ligne expressive et, tout en gravissant le registre de l’alto, gagne en tempo, en émotion, puis retombe et repasse par ce procédé, mais plus rapidement, avant que l’alto expressif n’enserre la coda méditative dans les aigus.

extrait des notes rédigées par Lewis Foreman © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Nach seiner früheren Romanze in Des komponierte Bowen 1908 seine Romanze in A-Dur, diesmal original für Cello und Klavier, obwohl er sie bald für Bratsche bearbeitete. (Er schrieb 1913 noch zwei Romanzen für Soloklavier.) Dieses Werk steigt aus der Tiefe auf, indem es eine ausdrucksvolle Line spinnend durch die Register des Instruments klettert, und Tempo und Emotion nehmen zu, bevor es wieder niedersinkt. Diese Prozedur wird noch ein Mal durchgeführt, das zweite Mal schneller, bevor die expressive Viola hoch auf dem Instrument die reflexive Coda anstimmt.

aus dem Begleittext von Lewis Foreman © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano
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Track-specific metadata for CDA67651/2 disc 2 track 4

Recording date
7 November 2007
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano (CDA67651/2)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: July 2008
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