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 A minor Bolero
affects only the most token nod at anything Spanish (time-honoured Flamenco modal colouring makes one comically incongruous appearance early on), and is effectively a Polonaise instead. After a more lyrical central passage in F major a reprise, consolidating more content within the tonic key, brings the Bolero
to a rousing but concise conclusion.
from notes by Francis Pott © 2013