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dannylux - Bowen Serious Dance 51/2: Message Board

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When I first heard York Bowen's Serious Dance on Stephen Hough's English Album, I knew I had to learn it. Fortunately, the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Library had already scanned and posted the score on their site.

It's a good piece to learn to play chords softly.

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Name Date Comment
wr 2011-09-24 02:47:50 Lovely, both the piece and the performance.
Carey 2011-08-30 15:44:50 This is so rich !!!!! Guess I'm going to visit the Eastman School's website too !!
David 2011-08-25 21:51:08 It's very difficult to find Bowen's sheet music in the U.S., so was delighted to see your recording listed here. This dance is very neo-romantic and you are very expressive in your playing. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Marvelous!
Inlanding 2011-08-24 17:35:32 I really enjoy the dynamics you bring to this piece of music. It is a delightful melody and beautifully played. Thank you!
Mel / dannylux 2011-08-24 14:04:56 Thanks very much for your kind words. If you like this piece, I can highly recommend Bowen's Reverie D'Amour, Op.20 No.2. PM me for the score, or post here. From Stephen Hough's liner notes: "Reverie d'Amour is an early piece whose blushingly lush lyricism hovers delightfully close to decadence."

Cinnamonbear, the three Serious Dances were composed in 1919.

Cinnamonbear 2011-08-23 23:06:56 Beautiful rendition, Mel! Played with great feeling and understanding. Love your tempo, and the relaxed ebb and flow. When was this written?
Julian (SlatterFan) 2011-08-21 05:58:07 Lovely piece! I love the way the music seems to flow in and out of a literal dance, a slow waltz that might have been danced in elegant ballrooms of 1920s or 1930s England, and a wistful ballad in dance rhythm. Beautifully played.

By the way, the phrase that appears just after the opening Brahmsian notes (the same pattern that begins Op. 119 No. 1) seems very familiar but I can't place it. Either Bowen borrowed from a popular song, or a songwriter borrowed from Bowen's piece?
Gerg 2011-08-20 21:27:21 Another new composer to me - York Bowen. It is a serious piece.

Thanks dannylux for bringing this wonderful music to light!

I always appreciate your recordings.