Berkeley: Sonata in D Minor for Viola and PianoCH00811
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- Composed by Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
- Viola part edited by Watson Forbes
- Duration: c. 17 minutes
Lennox Berkeley initially studied French at Oxford University before studying composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. There he met and was influenced by Ravel, Poulenc and Stravinsky, and much of his work has a refinement and precision that is distinctly French in flavour. In 1929 he joined the Roman Catholic Church which was to inspire much of his vocal music. He enjoyed a lifelong association with Benjamin Britten, with whom he collaborated on a much-neglected orchestral suite, Mont Juic. In later years, his brief adoption of serialism marked a darker and more brooding style.