Spring Song, Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Frank Bridge’s Spring Song comes from a collection of four short pieces that were first published in 1912. Frank, who was born and educated in Britain, was primarily a violist and wrote almost always for strings. Chantal Hovendick, a clarinetist with the Coast Guard Band, brought this lovely piece to my attention which was arranged for clarinet. It is light and flowing; a perfect match for its title, spring!
The Berkshire Music Festival in Massachusetts invited Frank Bridge to be a guest conductor for their 1923 season. Through the patronage of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, he toured the U.S, performing and conducting.
The Coast Guard is starting to resume its concert schedule within Covid guidelines and we look forward to being able to hear Chantal, in person, sometime in the coming months. For now, please enjoy our recording of Spring Song and this lyrical melody which practically has the birds chirping. I am at the piano and my son, Reade James, put this recording together for us.