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Romance No 2 in F major, Op 45

composer
published 1917

 
The two Romances were published in 1913 and 1917 respectively by Joseph Williams. Both are dedicated to the composer’s wife. The first is an affectingly simple piece in which harmonic ingenuity serves primarily to vary continual reiteration of the gentle opening phrase. It is not hard to imagine this taking on verbal form; indeed, the idea might have been conceived as a wordless cipher for some privately familiar phrase of endearment.

The second Romance, initially more hymn-like or processional in character, rises eventually to an unexpectedly elevated climax enhanced by halved note values from a dotted rhythm in the opening melody. After a recapitulation the piece ends peacefully in a tenderly unhurried coda.

from notes by Francis Pott 1996

Recordings

Bowen: Piano Music
CDA66838

Track-specific metadata for CDA66838 track 22

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-83822
Duration
6'31
Recording date
10 September 1995
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Bowen: Piano Music (CDA66838)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: April 1996
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