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Valse harmonique
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Valse harmonique was composed five days after the Serenade, on 29 April 1917. Its title refers not to harmonic content, but to techniques whereby a violinist may lightly touch the string at various points, thereby shortening its sounding length and creating artificial overtones possessing a variety of pitches and distinctive timbres. The hurdy-gurdy effect of Bowen’s expert string-writing here complements the melancholic persistence of the Serenade in a wan, ashen expressionism disconcertingly at odds with the insouciance of the idiom itself. Whatever the true tone of this music, it would be surprising if Bowen had remained wholly free from occasional inner demons during 1917.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2013

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Details for CDA67991/2 disc 2 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-99210
Duration
3'31
Recording date
2 April 2012
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Bowen: The complete works for violin and piano (CDA67991/2)
    Disc 2 Track 10
    Release date: May 2013
    2CDs
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