belongs in the same category as Frank Bridge’s Rosemary
, being a sepia-tinted, wistful idyll whose simple opening bears passing resemblance to that of the once-celebrated Minuet in G (also Dale’s chosen key) by Paderewski. One moment in the initial theme appears also to hint at the second subject in the finale of Paderewski’s A minor Piano Concerto, as do two of the variations in Dale’s Sonata. As a piano solo, Prunella
was published by Stainer & Bell in 1923. It had originated as a piece for violin and piano during Dale’s time at the internment camp at Ruhleben, a fact which might invite us to glimpse deeper shadows in its hushed nostalgia.
from notes by Francis Pott © 2011