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A Sonata Recital

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FREDERICK GRINKE (violin)
DOROTHY MANLEY (pianoforte)
Arnold Bax 's Second Violin Sonata appeared in 1915 and expresses the composer's dominant mood of bitterness at that terrible period. With Debussy's ' En blanc et noir ' and Bliss's ' Morning Heroes ', it stands in the front rank of the few musical works directly inspired by the Great War.
The ' slow and gloomy ' opening strikes the emotional keynote of the whole work, but the composer so skilfully varies and contrasts the shades and aspects of tragedy that the Sonata has long been one of hid most popular compositions. It consists of four sections played through without a break. Perhaps the most striking is the second, a quick waltz entitled ' The Grey Dancer in the Twilight'. It is a haunting danse macabre, a grim vision of Death dancing over the battlefields of Flanders. The last movement is based on the ' slow and gloomy' theme of the opening, now savagely transformed almost beyond recognition.

Contributors

Violin: Frederick Grinke
Pianoforte: Dorothy Manley
Unknown: Arnold Bax






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