The Melody for the C string
Op 51 No 2, was composed in 1918, and designed for Tertis to demonstrate the plangent tone of the lowest string on the instrument, which takes it down to the C in the middle of the stave in the bass clef. The mood is even more autumnal than the Melody for the G string
, and Bowen’s ability to elaborate a singing line is heard to perfection as the music rises in intensity as it ascends the string.
from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2008