Frank Bridge
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1879-02-26
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Biography

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 ...

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Frank Bridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
The Sea - no.1; Seascape
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The Sea - no.1; Seascape The Sea - no.1; Seascape The Sea - no.1; Seascape The Sea - no.1; Seascape
Frank Bridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
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) Two poems for orchestra: No.2; The Story of My Heart (Allegro con brio) Two poems for orchestra: No.2; The Story of My Heart (Allegro con brio) Two poems for orchestra: No.2; The Story of My Heart (Allegro con brio)
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Frank Bridge & James Judd
Summer
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Summer Summer Summer Summer
Frank Bridge, Richard Hickox & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Valse intermezzo for strings (H.17) [1902]
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Valse intermezzo for strings (H.17) [1902] Valse intermezzo for strings (H.17) [1902] Valse intermezzo for strings (H.17) [1902] Valse intermezzo for strings (H.17) [1902]
Frank Bridge & Kathryn Stott
Capriccio for piano no. 2 in F sharp minor
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Capriccio for piano no. 2 in F sharp minor Capriccio for piano no. 2 in F sharp minor Capriccio for piano no. 2 in F sharp minor Capriccio for piano no. 2 in F sharp minor
Frank Bridge, Thomas Carroll & Julian Milford
Cradle Song
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Cradle Song Cradle Song Cradle Song Cradle Song
Frank Bridge & Kathryn Stott
Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; En Fete
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Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; En Fete Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; En Fete Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; En Fete Vignettes de Marseilles for piano; En Fete
Frank Bridge, Middleton, Joseph, Lise Berthaud & Kitty Whately
3 songs for voice, viola and piano
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3 songs for voice, viola and piano 3 songs for voice, viola and piano 3 songs for voice, viola and piano 3 songs for voice, viola and piano
Frank Bridge, Janice Graham, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.2; Sea foam (Allegro vivo)
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The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.2; Sea foam (Allegro vivo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.2; Sea foam (Allegro vivo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.2; Sea foam (Allegro vivo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.2; Sea foam (Allegro vivo)
Frank Bridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
Lament vers. for string orchestra
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Lament vers. for string orchestra Lament vers. for string orchestra Lament vers. for string orchestra Lament vers. for string orchestra
Frank Bridge, Daniel Tong & Kate Gould
4 Short pieces for violin and piano, no.2; Spring song ...
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4 Short pieces for violin and piano, no.2; Spring song ... 4 Short pieces for violin and piano, no.2; Spring song ... 4 Short pieces for violin and piano, no.2; Spring song ... 4 Short pieces for violin and piano, no.2; Spring song ...
Frank Bridge & Kathryn Stott
The Hour glass for piano, no.2; The Dew fairy
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The Hour glass for piano, no.2; The Dew fairy The Hour glass for piano, no.2; The Dew fairy The Hour glass for piano, no.2; The Dew fairy The Hour glass for piano, no.2; The Dew fairy
Frank Bridge, Richard Hickox & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2 Old English songs vers. for string orchestra
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2 Old English songs vers. for string orchestra 2 Old English songs vers. for string orchestra 2 Old English songs vers. for string orchestra 2 Old English songs vers. for string orchestra
Frank Bridge, Leonard Elschenbroich, BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds
Oration (Concerto elegiaco) for cello and orchestra
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Oration (Concerto elegiaco) for cello and orchestra Oration (Concerto elegiaco) for cello and orchestra Oration (Concerto elegiaco) for cello and orchestra Oration (Concerto elegiaco) for cello and orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Frank Bridge & François-Xavier Roth
Enter Spring - rhapsody for orchestra
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Enter Spring - rhapsody for orchestra Enter Spring - rhapsody for orchestra Enter Spring - rhapsody for orchestra Enter Spring - rhapsody for orchestra
Frank Bridge & Stephen Hough
3 Lyrics for piano, no.1; Heart's ease (Andante tranquillo)
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3 Lyrics for piano, no.1; Heart's ease (Andante tranquillo) 3 Lyrics for piano, no.1; Heart's ease (Andante tranquillo) 3 Lyrics for piano, no.1; Heart's ease (Andante tranquillo) 3 Lyrics for piano, no.1; Heart's ease (Andante tranquillo)
Frank Bridge, Moshe Hammer, 堤剛 & William Tritt
Miniatures - Set 3 No 1 'Valse Russe' for violin, cello and piano
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Miniatures - Set 3 No 1 'Valse Russe' for violin, cello and piano Miniatures - Set 3 No 1 'Valse Russe' for violin, cello and piano Miniatures - Set 3 No 1 'Valse Russe' for violin, cello and piano Miniatures - Set 3 No 1 'Valse Russe' for violin, cello and piano
Frank Bridge, Lan Shui & Singapore S O
The Sea - suite H.100 for orchestra
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The Sea - suite H.100 for orchestra The Sea - suite H.100 for orchestra The Sea - suite H.100 for orchestra The Sea - suite H.100 for orchestra
Nicholas Cleobury, Frank Bridge & Britten Sinfonia
Threads - incidental music, Intermezzo no.2 (Tempo di valse)
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Threads - incidental music, Intermezzo no.2 (Tempo di valse) Threads - incidental music, Intermezzo no.2 (Tempo di valse) Threads - incidental music, Intermezzo no.2 (Tempo di valse) Threads - incidental music, Intermezzo no.2 (Tempo di valse)
Frank Bridge, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Charles Groves
Summer - tone poem
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Summer - tone poem Summer - tone poem Summer - tone poem Summer - tone poem
Frank Bridge, Madeleine Mitchell & Nigel Clayton
Melodie
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Melodie Melodie Melodie Melodie
Frank Bridge, Britten Sinfonia & Nicholas Cleobury
Berceuse for orchestra
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Berceuse for orchestra Berceuse for orchestra Berceuse for orchestra Berceuse for orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Janice Graham, Frank Bridge, Richard Hickox
The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.3; Moonlight (Adagio ma non troppo)
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The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.3; Moonlight (Adagio ma non troppo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.3; Moonlight (Adagio ma non troppo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.3; Moonlight (Adagio ma non troppo) The Sea - suite for orchestra (H.100), no.3; Moonlight (Adagio ma non troppo)
Frank Bridge & English string Orchestra, William Boughton, (conductor)
Lament
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Lament Lament Lament Lament
Frank Bridge, Cory Band & Philip Harper
Lament (arr. Paul Hindmarsh)
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Lament (arr. Paul Hindmarsh) Lament (arr. Paul Hindmarsh) Lament (arr. Paul Hindmarsh) Lament (arr. Paul Hindmarsh)
Frank Bridge, Philip Langridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
Blow out, you bugles
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Blow out, you bugles Blow out, you bugles Blow out, you bugles Blow out, you bugles
Frank Bridge, Felicity Lott & Sebastian Wybrew
Go not, happy day
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Go not, happy day Go not, happy day Go not, happy day Go not, happy day
Frank Bridge, Felicity Lott & Sebastian Wybrew
When you are old and grey
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When you are old and grey When you are old and grey When you are old and grey When you are old and grey
Frank Bridge, BBC Concert Orchestra & David Charles Abell
Summer
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Summer Summer Summer Summer
Frank Bridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Janice Graham & Richard Hickox
Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance arr. for full orchestra
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Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance arr. for full orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance arr. for full orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance arr. for full orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance arr. for full orchestra
Frank Bridge, David Hill & BBC Concert Orchestra
Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra
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Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra Sir Roger de Coverley - Christmas dance vers. string orchestra
Tunnell Trio & Frank Bridge
Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) – Hornpipe
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Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) – Hornpipe Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) – Hornpipe Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) – Hornpipe Miniatures for Piano Trio (Set 3) – Hornpipe
Frank Bridge, Gabriela Montero & Gautier Capuçon
Cello sonata
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Cello sonata Cello sonata Cello sonata Cello sonata
Frank Bridge & Kathryn Stott
The Dusk – no.1 from The Hour Glass (suite for piano)
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The Dusk – no.1 from The Hour Glass (suite for piano) The Dusk – no.1 from The Hour Glass (suite for piano) The Dusk – no.1 from The Hour Glass (suite for piano) The Dusk – no.1 from The Hour Glass (suite for piano)
Frank Bridge, Moshe Hammer, 堤剛 & William Tritt
Miniatures: Set 3 No.2 in G minor, "Hornpipe" (Allegro moderato)
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Miniatures: Set 3 No.2 in G minor, "Hornpipe" (Allegro moderato) Miniatures: Set 3 No.2 in G minor, "Hornpipe" (Allegro moderato) Miniatures: Set 3 No.2 in G minor, "Hornpipe" (Allegro moderato) Miniatures: Set 3 No.2 in G minor, "Hornpipe" (Allegro moderato)
Frank Bridge & Tunnel Trio
Phantasy Piano Quartet in F Sharp minor
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Phantasy Piano Quartet in F Sharp minor Phantasy Piano Quartet in F Sharp minor Phantasy Piano Quartet in F Sharp minor Phantasy Piano Quartet in F Sharp minor
Frank Bridge, Ulster Orchestra & Vernon Handley
The Sea
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The Sea The Sea The Sea The Sea
BBC Philharmonic, Frank Bridge & Yan Pascal Tortelier
The Sea - suite for orchestra
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The Sea  - suite for orchestra The Sea  - suite for orchestra The Sea  - suite for orchestra The Sea  - suite for orchestra
Frank Bridge, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
Two Poems – The Open Air
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Two Poems – The Open Air Two Poems – The Open Air Two Poems – The Open Air Two Poems – The Open Air
Britten Sinfonia, Frank Bridge & Nicholas Cleobury
Rosemary
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Rosemary Rosemary Rosemary Rosemary
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Biography

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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