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Twelve Short Pieces
composer
October 1894; published by Novello in 1895

Recordings
'Parry: Violin Sonatas' (CDH55266)
Parry: Violin Sonatas
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Details
Set 1 No 1: Idyll. Allegretto 'To K.M.'
Track 4 on CDH55266 [1'44] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 1 No 2: Romance. Andante espressivo 'To Gwen'
Track 5 on CDH55266 [2'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 1 No 3: Capriccio. Vivace 'To Dolly'
Track 9 on CDH55266 [0'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 1 No 4: Lullaby. Andantino 'To Maude'
Track 13 on CDH55266 [2'45] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 2 No 1: Prelude. Allegro 'To Maude'
Track 12 on CDH55266 [1'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 2 No 2: Romance. Lento espressivo 'To Gwen'
Track 6 on CDH55266 [3'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 2 No 3: Capriccio. Allegretto 'To Dolly'
Track 7 on CDH55266 [2'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 2 No 4: Envoi. Andantino 'To Dolly'
Track 8 on CDH55266 [2'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 3 No 1: Preamble. Allegro 'To Gwen'
Track 14 on CDH55266 [1'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 3 No 2: Romance. Andante sostenuto 'To Maude'
Track 15 on CDH55266 [2'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 3 No 3: Capriccio. Vivace 'To Gwen'
Track 16 on CDH55266 [2'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Set 3 No 4: Envoi. Andantino, quasi allegretto 'To Dolly'
Track 11 on CDH55266 [2'23] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining

Twelve Short Pieces
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The Twelve Short Pieces for violin and piano were composed at the end of October 1894, at the request of Novello, and were dedicated to the composer’s wife Maude (sister of the 13th Earl of Pembroke) and his two daughters, Dorothea (Dolly) and Gwen, with the exception of the first piece, Idyll, which was dedicated to his good friend Kitty Maxse (formerly Kitty Lushington). The pieces were published in 1895 in three sets, and though there is not much documentary evidence about them, it seems likely they were commissioned to serve violinists of a more limited technical proficiency. Most of these delightful miniatures form neat ternary structures resembling earlier small-scale movements found in works such as the Partita for violin and piano (first peformed 1886) and the Lady Radnor Suite (1894). Some pieces are decidedly reminiscent of other composers, the Romance from Set 1 and Capriccio from Set 2 are successful pastiches of Dvorák, and movements such as the Romance from Set 2 show an indebtedness to Schumann. Several pieces contain melodic strands that anticipate future works. The opening melody of Envoi (Set 2) looks forward in a rather restrained manner to the much livelier setting of Rossetti’s ‘My heart is like a singing bird’ (English Lyrics, Set 10, 1909), and the delicate little Preamble (Set 3) has many turns of phrase that Parry used later in his song ‘On a time the amorous Silvy’ (English Lyrics, Set 7, 1907), especially the amusing switch to the flat side towards the end. Last but not least the charming Lullaby (Set 1) contains material in its central section that is virtually identical with the same section in the Sarabande of Parry’s much later English Suite for strings, published posthumously in 1921.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 1991

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Details for CDA66157 track 5
Set 1 No 2: Romance. Andante espressivo 'To Gwen'
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-85-15705
Duration
2'06
Recording date
3 November 1984
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Parry: Fantasie Sonata, Violin Sonata & Twelve Short Pieces (CDA66157)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 1991
    Deletion date: December 2005
    Superseded by CDH55266
  2. Parry: Violin Sonatas (CDH55266)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: January 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
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