Remembering Julian Bream

Julian Bream, the English classical guitarist and lutenist has passed away. He was 87.

Bream played a significant role in promoting the classical guitar as a solo instrument. He expanded the repertoire, inspiring new works by numerous twentieth century composers, including Benjamin Britten, Sir William Walton, Sir Michael Tippett, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Toru Takemitsu.

One of the most influential works written for Bream is Benjamin Britten’s 1963 Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70. Set in nine movements, it’s a collection of variations on Dowland’s “Come, Heavy Sleep” from the First Book of Songs, published in 1597. As the piece unfolds, each variation moves closer to the original song. Here are the final moments of the piece, performed by Julian Bream. The Passacaglia leads into the final movement, Slow and Quiet, a nostalgic echo of John Dowland’s original theme:

Recordings

  • Britten: Nocturnal, after John Dowland Op. 70, Julian Bream Amazon

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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