Hyperion Records

Prunella
composer
published as a piano solo by Stainer and Bell in 1923; originally composed in Ruhleben internment camp during World War I for violin and piano

Recordings
'Dale: Piano Music' (CDA67827)
Dale: Piano Music
Details
Track 12 on CDA67827 [2'44]

Prunella
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Prunella 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

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