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22 January 1949; Allegro con brio, A minor; 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 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

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