Frank Bridge, a committed pacifist, was profoundly affected by World War I, and as a result his earlier, pastoral style changed into a more serious, thorny and strikingly personal language. These two miniatures are from the same post-war years as the ambitious, darkly passionate piano sonata, but they appear to be a throwback to his earlier style. However, their very fragility seems to me to separate them from mere salon pieces, as if they call to mind a lost world of innocence and tranquility. Heart’s Ease
also exists in an arrangement by the composer for violin and piano.
from notes by Stephen Hough © 2002