Frank Bridge
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1879-02-26
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Frank Bridge

Frank Bridge Biography (BBC)

Frank Bridge was one of the best equipped musicians in 20th-century Britain: a professional violinist and violist; a skilled conductor; and a composer who combined the thorough training of Stanford with a profound understanding of developments abroad. Bridge’s pupil Benjamin Britten recalled his ‘loathing of all sloppiness and amateurishness’ and his prime concern as a teacher ‘that you should try to find yourself and be true to what you found’.

For Bridge himself, this was a long-drawn-out process. At the start of his composing career his musical language was essentially conservative, indebted chiefly to Brahms and Fauré. Many of his best-known songs and piano miniatures date from this period. There are also some fine pieces of chamber music – several of them in the continuous multi-sectional ‘phantasy’ forms – and orchestral works of great accomplishment, notably the suite The Sea (1910–11).

These early achievements were followed by a transitional phase, in which his musical language became more chromatic, while still not going beyond the bounds of late Romanticism. The key works of this period are the symphonic poem Summer (1914), the second of his four string quartets, and the superb Cello Sonata (1913–17). Bridge’s only stage work, the one-act opera The Christmas Rose (1919–29), was also begun at this time, though only completed some years later.

In the 1920s Bridge’s musical language became considerably more radical, as a result both of his reaction as a pacifist to the First World War and of his openness to European developments – in particular those of the later Debussy, Bartók, Schoenberg and Berg. A Piano Sonata (1921–4) signalled the change; other works to exemplify it include the Third Quartet (1926) and Second Piano Trio (1929), and for orchestra the teeming rhapsody Enter Spring (1927) and the Shakespearian threnody There is a willow grows aslant a brook (1928).Sadly, ill health and a lack of public appreciation inhibited his subsequent output, but during the 1930s he did complete the noble cello concerto Oration (1930), Phantasm for piano and orchestra (1931), the Violin Sonata (1932), the Fourth Quartet (1937) and the Overture Rebus (1940).

After Bridge’s death in 1941 most of his major works languished unperformed for many years. But his name was kept alive by Britten, whom he had taught as a boy and who remained devoted to his memory. The foundation of the Frank Bridge Trust, the publication of short books by Peter J. Pirie in 1971 and Anthony Payne in 1984 and of an authoritative catalogue, a number of broadcasts and recordings, and the appearance in print of some previously inaccessible scores have all contributed to a revival of interest in his music.

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Frank Bridge Biography (Wikipedia)

Frank Bridge (26 February 1879 – 10 January 1941) was an English composer, violist and conductor.

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Frank Bridge Performances

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Two poems for orchestra: No.2; The Story of My Heart (Allegro con brio)
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Two poems for orchestra: No.2; The Story of My Heart (Allegro con brio)
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Valse Russe from 3 Miniatures for piano trio
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Valse Russe from 3 Miniatures for piano trio
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Capriccio No.2 in F# (feat. Kathryn Stott)
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Capriccio No.2 in F# (feat. Kathryn Stott)
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Come to Me in My Dreams H.71
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Come to Me in My Dreams H.71
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Capriccio for piano no. 1 in A minor
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Capriccio for piano no. 1 in A minor
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Sonnet 43 ‘When most I wink’
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Sonnet 43 ‘When most I wink’
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The Hour glass for piano; no.2; The Dew fairy
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The Hour glass for piano; no.2; The Dew fairy
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Cello Sonata in D minor Op.125
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Cello Sonata in D minor Op.125
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Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra
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Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra
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Four pieces for viola and piano
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Four pieces for viola and piano
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A Vigil, for piano left hand
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A Vigil, for piano left hand
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2 Poems of Richard Jefferies for orch, no.2; The Story of my heart (Allegro)
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2 Poems of Richard Jefferies for orch, no.2; The Story of my heart (Allegro)
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Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; Carmelita
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Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; Carmelita
Playlists featuring Frank Bridge
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Music and the Great War
Music and the Great War


Past BBC Events

Prom 40 Proms 1940
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Queen's Hall
1940-09-25T14:13:18
25
Sep
1940

Prom 40 Proms 1940

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 18 - Proms 1939
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/embhzc
Queen's Hall
1939-09-01T14:13:18
1
Sep
1939

Prom 18 - Proms 1939

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 36 Proms 1936
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e45p5v
Queen's Hall
1936-09-18T14:13:18
18
Sep
1936

Prom 36 Proms 1936

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 15 Proms 1935
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Queen's Hall
1935-08-27T14:13:18
27
Aug
1935

Prom 15 Proms 1935

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 47 Proms 1933
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ezcnc8
Queen's Hall
1933-10-05T14:13:18
5
Oct
1933

Prom 47 Proms 1933

20:00
Queen's Hall

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