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Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941)

Bridge's music - beautifully crafted and full of haunting imagination - was much played in the earlier part of his career, during which time he was himself a fine chamber music player and conductor. His later music, particularly such works as the Piano Sonata, Violin Sonata and the Third and Fourth String Quartets, adopted a more radical style to which the general musical public could much less easily respond.

For some 30 years after his death his major works were little played, but since the early 1970s interest has been growing steadily. Benjamin Britten, who owed much to Bridge's teaching, drew attention to his master's music and performed it whenever he could.

 

During Frank Bridge's lifetime, most of his compositions were issued under the Augener imprint - now part of Stainer & Bell Ltd. They published all of his important chamber music, on which his early reputation was built, as well as his earlier orchestral works, The Sea, Summer, Two Poems and, later, Phantasm and There is a willow grows aslant a brook. They also published all his important piano music, his only choral work of any size, A Prayer and his one opera, The Christmas Rose.

Frank Bridge

Frank Bridge works published by Stainer & Bell

These titles can be ordered in our online shop where you will also find prices and further information. Rental works are available through our Hire Library. The items with [PDF] after them are links to free sample pages in the Adobe Actobat format.

Solo Piano

Capriccios Nos. 1 and 2. Piano (Ref. H480)
Heart's Ease. (No. 1 of Three Lyrics). Piano (Ref. 0170)
In Autumn: Retrospect; Through the Eaves. Piano (Ref. H216)
Sonata for Piano (Ref. 16291)

Strings & Piano

Country Dance. Violin and Piano (Ref. H191)
Meditation. Cello and Piano (Ref. 2195)
Meditation. Violin and Piano (Ref. 1899)
Moto Perpetuo. Violin and Piano (Ref. H172)
Pieces for Viola and Piano, Two: Pensiero and Allegro Appassionata (Ref. H171)
Spring Song. Cello and Piano (Ref. 2196)

Chamber Ensemble

Idylls, Three. String Quartet. Made to Order (Ref. AC1) [PDF]
Irish Melody, An (Londonderry Air). String Quartet. Made to Order (Ref. AC2) [PDF]
Miniatures for Piano Trio. Set 1 (Ref. 2329)
Miniatures for Piano Trio. Set 2 (Ref. 2330)
Miniatures for Piano Trio. Set 3 (Ref. 2331)
Novelleten. String Quartet. Made to Order (Ref. AC3) [PDF]
Phantasie in F minor. String Quartet. Made to Order (Ref. AC4) [PDF]
Phantasy in F sharp minor. Piano Quartet. Made to Order (Ref. AC5) [PDF]
Piano Trio No 1. Score/Parts (Ref. 2336)
Piano Trio No 2. Score/Parts (Ref. H324)
Quintet. Piano & Strings. Made to Order (Ref. AC10) [PDF]
Sextet. Strings. Made to Order (Ref. AC11)
String Quartet No.1. in E minor (Bologna). Made to Order (Ref. AC6) [PDF]
String Quartet No.2. in G minor. Made to Order (Ref. AC7) [PDF]
String Quartet No.3. Made to Order (Ref. AC8) [PDF]
String Quartet No. 3. Minature Score (Ref. 2334)
String Quartet No. 4. Made to Order (Ref. AC9) [PDF]
String Quartet No. 4. Minature Score (Ref. 26037)

Vocal & Choral

Prayer, A. [15'] SATB Chorus, 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (1) & Strings or SATB Chorus, organ & strings.

SATB. Vocal Score (Ref. 20072)

Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL28)

Songs, Four. Voice and Piano (Ref. B319)
Day after day (E - E); Dweller in my deathless dreams (C - A); Journey's end (D - E); Speak to me, my love (D - G)
Songs, Three for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra: [5', 5', 5''] (Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL39)
Day after day (E - E); Dweller in my deathless dreams (C - A); Speak to me, my love (D - G)
Mezzo-Soprano soloist, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, harp & strings

Orchestral

Chamber Concerto. Piano & String Orchestra. Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL376)
An arrangement of the Piano Quintet (1912) by C. Orbelian.
Christmas Dance, A (Sir Roger de Coverley)
. [4']
Full Orchestra. Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL34A)
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, bass drum, side drum, triangle, celeste, 2 harps & strings
String Orchestra. Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL34)
Idylls, Three. String Orchestra [13'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL375)
Irish Melody, An (Londonderry Air). String Orchestra [5'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL296)
Phantasm. Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra [25'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL26)
Solo piano, 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2) & strings
Poems, Two for Orchestra. [5', 4'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL38)
2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3), harp & strings
Sea, The. Suite for Orchestra [20'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL32)
2 flutes (one doubling picc.), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2), harp & strings 
Summer. Tone Poem for Orchestra [12'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL35)
2 flutes (one doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, cymbals, celeste, harp & strings
There is a willow grows aslant a brook. Small Orchestra [8'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL37)
flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, horn, harp & strings

Opera

Christmas Rose, The. Opera [52'] Score & Parts (Rental Ref. HL21)
Soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone & bass baritone soloists. SATB chorus & female voice chorus; 2 flutes (one doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, tenor trombone, timpani, percussion (2), tubular bells, harp & strings

From the Archives...

The following titles by Frank Bridge are not in our current sales catalogue, but are available to special order as authorised photocopies through our archive library. They are now available through our online shop.

Arabesque. Solo Piano. (Ref. 30294)
Columbine. (No.1 of Three Piano Pieces). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49435)
Dainty Rogue. (No.2 of Three Lyrics). Solo Piano. (Ref. 48873)
Dedication, A. Solo Piano. (Ref. 49436)
Dew Fairy, The. (No.2 of The Hourglass). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49336)
Dusk. (No.1 of The Hourglass). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49337)
Ecstasy. See Three Poems.
Fairy Tale, A. Suite for Piano. The Princess; The Ogre; The Spell; The Prince. Solo Piano. (Ref. 49858)
Golden Slumbers. 3-part song (Ref. 40055)
Gondoliera. Violin and Piano. (Ref. 49439)
Hence Care. 3-part song. SSS (Ref. 40056)
Hedgerow, The. (No.3 of Three Lyrics). Solo Piano. (Ref. 38721)
Hourglass, The. See Dusk, The Dew Fairy; The Midnight Tide. 
Midnight Tide, The. (No.3 of The Hourglass). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49338)
Minuet. (No.2 of Three Piano pieces). Solo Piano. (Ref. 30291)
Ogre, The. (No.2 of A Fairy Tale). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49440)
Three Piano Pieces: See Columbine, Minuet, Romance.
Three Poems. Solitude, Ecstasy, Sunset. Solo Piano. (Ref. 49441)
The Prince. (No.4 of A Fairy Tale). Solo Piano. (Ref. 30293)
The Princess. (No.1 of A Fairy Tale). Solo Piano. (Ref. 37890)
Romance. (No.3 of Three Piano Pieces). Solo Piano. (Ref. 30292)
Sea Idyl, A. Solo Piano. (Ref. 48875)
Solitude. See Three Poems.
Sonata for Violin. Violin and Piano. (Ref. 30285)
Spell, The. (No.3 of A Fairy Tale). Solo Piano. (Ref. 49437)
Sunset. See Three Poems.
Winter Pastoral, A. Solo Piano. (Ref. 35595)

 



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