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FRANK BRIDGE

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FRANK BRIDGE (1879-1941)

COMPOSER, COURAGEOUS REVOLUTIONARY AND PACIFIST

CHRONOLOGY - OUTLINE

1879

26 February - born at Brighton

1899

Entered RCM

1902 (23)

Berceuse for violin and orchestra

1903 (24)

Graduated from RCM

1904 (25)

Novelleten for string quartet

Violin Sonata

1905 (26)

First prize Cobbett Competition - Phantasy String Quartet in F sharp minor

Piano Quintet

Norse Legend for violin and piano

1906 (27)

Three Idylls for string quartet

String Quartet in E minor - honourable mention in Bologna competition

Deputised on Joachim Quartet

Nine Miniatures for cello and piano

1907 (28)

Isabella - tone poem

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor - Phantasie

1908 (29)

First prize Cobbett Competition - Phantasy Trio

Dance Rhapsody

Suite for strings

Two Hunchbacks - incidental music

1909 (30)

Dance Poem

1910 (31)

Fantasy Piano Quartet commissioned

Conducted Marie Brema season at Savoy

The Sea

1914 (35)

Summer

1915 (36)

String Sextet

Lament

String Quartet No 2 is prize work in Cobbett Competition

Two Jefferies Poems

1916 (37)

A Prayer for chorus and orchestra

1917 (38)

Cello Sonata

1919 (40)

Began work on Christmas Rose - finished in 1929

1921 (42)

Threads - Incidental Music for stage play

1922 (43)

Sir Roger de Coverley

Meets Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge

1923 (44)

Visits USA at invitation of Mrs Coolidge

Accepts Mrs Coolidge's patronage

1924 (45)

Successful performance of The Sea at Norwich festival

1925 (46)

Piano Sonata

Builds family home at Friston Field in Sussex

1926 (47)

String Quartet No 3

1927 (48)

Enter Spring premiered to acclaim at Norwich festival

1928 (49)

Rhapsody for two violin and viola

There is a Willow grows aslant a Brook

1929 (50)

Piano Trio No 2

Christmas Opera - Christmas Rose complete - after work spanning ten years

1930 (51)

Oration (Concerto Elegiaco) for cello and orchestra

1931 (52)

Phantasm - Rhapsody for piano and orchestra

1937 (58)

String Quartet No 4

1940 (60)

Rebus

Divertimenti for wind quartet

1941 (61)

Dies on 10 January

CONTACTS

Most of Bridge's music can be obtained in score and parts via Stainer and Bell. Thames Music and Faber Music.

Further details can be obtained from the Frank Bridge Trust at

14 Barlby Rd LONDON W10 6AR Phone 0181 969 3579

AUTHOR'S NOTE

I welcome your feedback, additions and corrections so please contact me at rob.barnett@ukgateway.net

With thanks to those who commented on the first draft and each in their own way improved the present version. The comments of Richard Adams and Len Mullenger were of great value and considerably enhanced the end result. Thank you.

Rob Barnett


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