Into the Rose-Garden: in memory of Julian Bream by Angelo Gilardino

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM, who passed away peacefully at his home on Friday 14 August 2020 has left a great a legacy which will continue to be a source of inspiration for many generations to come.

As a ‘thank you’, the Italian guitarist Andrea De Vitis commissioned the Italian composer, guitarist and musicologist Angelo Gilardino to write a piece for solo guitar inspired by T.S. Eliot’s ‘Burnt Norton’, the first of the Four Quartets. The title, Into the Rose-Garden, is drawn from the poem:

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.

T.S. Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’ (11–14), Four Quartets

Andrea De Vitis has chosen to record  Into the Rose-Garden – in memory of Julian Bream for solo guitar by Angelo Gilardino on a 1961 Hermann Hauser II guitar – one of Julian Bream’s favourite instrument makers.

Recorded at Villa Falconieri, Frascati, near Rome, by SanzaMeta productions

*Burnt Norton is a manor house in the Cotswolds, which has beautiful rose gardens.

I thank Andrea De Vitis for allowing me to share his performance here.

© Thérèse Wassily Saba 2020

2 thoughts on “Into the Rose-Garden: in memory of Julian Bream by Angelo Gilardino

  1. A fine, elegiac tribute to a great musician – with whom I was fortunate to study at Dartington Hall 60+ years ago. I commenced writing a musical tribute on hearing of his death, based on the notes BREAM – b, d (re), e, a, e (mi) and I hear those notes in this composition. I hope to finish mine before joining him in the hereafter.


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