During the 1940s and ’50s Bowen produced a succession of sonatas for virtually all the regular instruments of the symphony orchestra, and in 1955 he produced the extended Rhapsody
in G minor for the viola player Maurice Loban, to whom it is dedicated. Loban was accompanied by the composer when they broadcast it later that year. The work is in one continuous movement but in three clear sections, and with ideas from the opening returning at the end it achieves a satisfying cyclic cohesion.
from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2008