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22 January 1949; Andantino, F major; composed at Brookwood, the home the work's dedicatee Marion Keyte-Perry

'Bowen: The complete works for violin and piano' (CDA67991/2)
Bowen: The complete works for violin and piano
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The Song and Bolero were both written on 22 January 1949 at Brookwood, home of their dedicatee, Marion Keyte-Perry, a retired headmistress whom Bowen’s biographer Monica Watson describes in notably waspish terms. The Song, with its gently undulating semiquaver accompaniment and elusive sidesteps of tonal direction, suggests recent study of Fauré. Unrepentantly backward-looking, it is a soulful cantilena in F major, cast in ternary form but registering as a continuum of restrained poetic meditation.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2013

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