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Bridge - Two pieces for viola and piano

Bridge - Two pieces for viola and piano

Bridge - Two pieces for viola and piano. You can download the PDF sheet music Bridge - Two pieces for viola and piano on this page. Pensiero and Allegro Appassionato reflect the two most important sides of Bridge's musical personality, and are most aptly titled. Pensiero is restrained, almost elegiac in mood, more fragmentary in the accompaniment's textures and phrase-structures than its companion. The integration of harmonic elements and melodic contours (especially in the opening dissonance, the interval contcnt of which forms the viola's first melodic gesture and, in a different harmonic context, effects a stirring climax at the end of the lyrical middle section ) is testimony to Bridge's close attention to compositional detail and his flexible approach to harmonic movement and melodic sequence.

Allegro Appassionato in В minor is, in contrast, exuberant and expansive. That Bridge felt his phrases in broad sweeps is clearly evident in the soaring viola cantilena. Again, the tonal ambiguity of the added sixth dissonance gives characteristic flexibility to Bridge's enharmonic and chromatic sequences, especially in the use of pivotal notes or chords. The opening rhetorical gesture, the simple arpeggiatcd harmonic support, the melodic shapes and rhythmic impulse of the outer sec:ions are strikingly similar to the introduction and exposition of the Phantasie Piano Trio, completed at about the same time.

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Frank Bridge (1879-1941) came to prominence initially as a viola player - widely admired for the sensitive musicianship he displayed, particularly in the English String Quartet, of which he was a founder-member. Success in Cobbett's musical competitions of 1905 and 1907, occasional performances of orchestral pieces in Patron's Fund Concerts or Promenade Concerts, conducted by Bridge or Sir Henry Wood, and frequent performances of chamber works by the English Quartet and other ensembles, firmly established his reputation as a composer towards the end of the period.

At that time the viola was still the poor relation of the string family as a solo instrument. Whereas Bridge wrote over a dozen character pieces for the violin or cello, surprisingly he completed only two for the viola: Pensiero (H.53a) and Allegro Appassionato (H.82). It is regrettable that Bridge wrote so little for his favourite instrument, for he responded in a more personal manner to the veiled lower timbres and more strident upper registers of the viola than to the violin.
12 June 2021
Last Updated on 12 June 2021
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