Frank Bridge: Three Songs

Books | Medium Voice, Viola, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Thames Publishing
Composer: Frank Bridge
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for Medium Voice, Viola and Piano is the second volume in a 30-volume series by The Frank Bridge Trust in association with Thames Publishing, celebrating the works of Frank Bridge. This publication features the songs Far, far from each other, Where is it that our soul doth go? and Music when soft voices die and includes the score for Viola separately, making the collaboration of the three musicians easier. The songs can be –and often are – performed together, as a cycle, but also work as short, individual pieces. The first performance of the three songs in December 1908 marked a rare occurrence, as Frank Bridge played the Piano part himself.

Far, far from each other is the most ambitious of the three pieces for all three musicians. The words are excerpts from Matthew Arnold’s ‘Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems Parting’.

Where is it that our soul doth go? is the shortest of the three songs and the words are a translation of the last stanza of Heinrich Heine’s Clarisse, translated by K. F. Kroeker.

While the first two songs are original settings, Bridge first wrote Music when soft voices die for High Voice, Piano and Cello in 1903. The present version was transcribed in 1907. Music when soft voices die, the short poem providing the words for this piece is one of the most influential and well-known of Shelley’s works.

Watch Three Songs performed by Rebecca Ringle (Mezzo-Soprano), Luke Fleming (Viola) and Roger Steptoe (Piano):

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 24
Language: English
Catalogue No: TH978049

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        Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
        10 out of 10


        London GB
        Good music, lovely for recitals!
        The binding of the score isn't great.
        Confirmed purchase: 18 January 2017
        Published on: 03 February 2017
        9 out of 10


        Bath GB singer, music educator
        Music came in good time and was in good condition etc. Music itself is lovely, to sing and to play.
        Reviewer left no comment
        Confirmed purchase: 19 April 2016
        Published on: 04 May 2016

        Musicroom Reviews

        The Frank Bridge 3 songs for medium voice, viola and piano are offered as a special order reprint from Thames Publishing, first printed by them in 1982. The price is reasonable and quality of print is excellent. However it would be helpful if there were a separate vocal part - I had to order two copies so that the pianist could learn the pieces while the singer did the same some 80 miles away.... Recommended as a foil to the two Brahms songs for the same combination.
        Anonymous - (Bournemouth, United Kingdom)

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