TQ2580 : 4 Bedford Gardens, former home of the composer Frank Bridge

taken 2 years ago, near to Kensington, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

4 Bedford Gardens, former home of the composer Frank Bridge
4 Bedford Gardens, former home of the composer Frank Bridge
Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was a composer, violist and conductor. He is perhaps best known as the teacher and mentor of Benjamin Britten (the latter's 1938 work "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" pays tribute to his teacher) but his own work repays investigation and after a period of obscurity is now receiving the attention it deserves. From him Britten will have learned to be uncompromising both artistically and politically. Bridge's work, unusually, demonstrates a steady movement away from public taste: his early works in a late-Romantic vein, such as the tone-poem "The Sea", were popular, but in the interwar years he became more and more harmonically radical under the influence of the Viennese composers of the time. Politically he was a committed pacifist, a strand seen in his work from "Lament" (an elegy for a child drowned in the sinking of the "Lusitania") to his late major work, "Oration", a "concerto elegaico" for cello. (Bridge's younger brother William was a professional cellist.) His influence will certainly be heard, both musically and politically, in Britten's "War Requiem". More details about Bridge can be found at LinkExternal link .
The English Heritage blue plaque marking this as Frank Bridge's home can just be seen through the wisteria; a closer look, albeit still obstructed, is at TQ2580 : Plaque on 4 Bedford Gardens, home of the composer Frank Bridge.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
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Frank Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2537 8015 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3830N 0:11.6984W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2537 8015
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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