Brad Ottesen on the Romance by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Utah Viola Society President and Fry Street Quartet Violist Brad Ottesen will be performing the Vaughan Williams Romance as part of the UVS Spring Recital.

“I love the note from English violist Bernard Shore in the score:

“There is no information about the approximate date on which this work was written.  The manuscript was discovered with others, without any clue, among the composer’s papers after his death.  All that can be said is that it was probably intended for the great virtuoso Lionel Tertis.”
How lucky we are to have this piece! How fortunate that Vaughan Williams gave us this parting gift to accompany the legacy of his other great works for the viola. The mystery of its origins seems appropriately reflected in the character of the music – elemental, simple yet profound, and achingly beautiful.”
Join us Sunday, February 26 at 3pm for the Utah Viola Society’s Spring Recital.
Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah

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