Cello and Piano Recital: Mary Mundy and Henry Roche

22 October 2017
  • 19:00
  • Tickets £12 including a glass of wine

Cello and Piano Recital: Mary Mundy and Henry Roche

Mary Mundy and Henry Roche will perform Beethoven's G minor Sonata ( Op 5 No 2) and the lyrically beautiful 1913-17 Sonata in D minor by Frank Bridge.

Tickets-£12 ( inc glass of wine) available on the door or by clicking here.

Composed in 1800 ( when Beethoven was 29) the sonata in G minor Op 5 No 2 begins with a solemn Adagio which gives no hint of the contrasts and inventiveness to follow. The lyrical and proud Allegro molto includes an extra development section, a new device that Beethoven used extensively for the rest of his composing career. The Rondo finale is full of mischievous humour which belies the fact that this was a sad year for Beethoven. His proposal of marriage to the Countess Guicciardi had been refused and more sadness was to come.

 The British composer Frank Bridge ( 1879-1941) was a pupil of CV Stanford and had a varied career as composer, teacher, viola player and conductor, in which capacity he deputised on occasion for Henry Wood who thought very highly of his compositions. Bridge taught Benjamin Britten who also admired and promoted Bridge's work. Bridge, who was known to be a pacifist, composed his Cello sonata between 1913 and 1917 and it clearly reflects his anguished state of mind during the First World War.Both movements are rhapsodic, the second more complex, consisting of declamatory outbursts  and tumultuous passages before a return to the opening theme of the work. There also appear to be references to English folk song. Could Bridge be expressing his sadness and nostalgia for a country and a world that would never be the same again?

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