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