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    Weʼve raised £1,900 to help the Bridge Quartet transform a forgotten manuscript into a vibrant voice with their Ivor Gurney "Premieres Project"

    Funded on Sunday, 10th June 2018

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    From manuscript to recording Bringing to life a mature composition by war poet and prolific composer IVOR GURNEY

    “Everything on this page is useless” scribbled Gerald Finzi hurriedly whilst compiling a catalogue of Gurney’s late chamber music manuscripts in 1937. There are feasibly as many as 50 chamber works written by Gurney in his maturity (1919-26) Many of these date from the last few years and are missing presumably destroyed. Of these there are some 15 string quartets. The circumstances of Gurney’s death in an asylum, certified insane, arguably contributed to Finzi’s view.

    Miraculously the mature D minor Quartet survives, minus the score, in string parts transcribed by Gurney’s violinist friend Marion Scott. Composed between 1924-5, it dates from a period of feverish productivity during his first two years in the City of London Mental Hospital, Dartford.

    The first movement bears bowing marks, evidence which corroborates reports of it having been played through to the composer in the asylum. The second movement, the Adagio, featured in the Bridge Quartet’s recent critically acclaimed “Heracleitus” CD recording (EMR036). It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Time “From the Western Front.”

    Following this enthusiastic reception, Michael Schofield (violist in the Bridge Quartet) has now transcribed the remaining three movements over the course of many months. This complete quartet now offers a unique insight into Gurney’s late chamber works and a fascinating glimpse into the kaleidoscopic style of a unique voice among British composers.

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    • Michael Schofield2 months ago
      Michael Schofield

      Michael Schofield

      2 months ago

      Many heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us on this project which is accelerating towards next month's recording. We hope the CD is released in time for November 2018. Moreover we would like to give each of our donors a complimentary CD. We have reached 70% of our target, extended to allow for an official premiere performance. In the meantime, keep an eye out for out our Classical Music article in early autumn! Despite the sentiments in Ivor Gurney's 1924 Poem below we feel proud to be the ones giving him his voice. Thankyou again

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    31

    • Rie Davies

      Rie Davies

      Jun 8, 2018

      What a great project! Thank you

      £30.00

    • Arnold Saxtonannick1929

      Arnold Saxtonannick1929

      Jun 7, 2018

      I think this will cover it. Congratulations if it is so!

      £100.00

    • Arnold Saxtonannick1929

      Arnold Saxtonannick1929

      Jun 7, 2018

      Mike, I'd give the total amount needed but don't seem to be able to move above £100. Let me know if more remains outstanding, and I'll make up the difference. A most worthy cause, and every good wish!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 7, 2018

      Fascinating project - good luck with the fundraising

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 7, 2018

      £100.00

    • Ian Venables

      Ian Venables

      Jun 7, 2018

      Hi Michael,The Trust would like to make a small contribution to this wonderful recording. The sorry that it cannot be more.Best wishes,Ian

      £100.00

    • Alan Jones

      Alan Jones

      Jun 6, 2018

      Hope you receive your £ target

      £30.00

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    Michael Schofield

    Michael Schofield

    The history of Bridge Quartet for over 25 years has been sprinkled with many critically acclaimed discoveries. Their current project, a fully fledged quartet by a poetic giant among English composers, Ivor Gurney, is both hugely exciting and also a major undertaking for us.

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