Gerald Finzi
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1901-07-14
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Gerald Finzi created for himself a life rooted in the English countryside. His family had settled in London probably during Mozart's lifetime. Finzi himself studied privately with Ernest Farrar, Edward Bairstow and R. O. Morris until his mid-20s. A slow, ...

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Gerald Finzi created for himself a life rooted in the English countryside. His family had settled in London probably during Mozart's lifetime. Finzi himself studied privately with Ernest Farrar, Edward Bairstow and R. O. Morris until his mid-20s. A slow, self-critical worker, he wrote much of his music over a spread of years.

His cantata Dies natalis (1925-39), to words by Thomas Traherne, is justly his best-known work, celebrating the freshness and wonder of the new-born world in music responsive to every verbal and emotive nuance. Such qualities, complementing a fundamental strain of stoic pessimism, made Finzi an ideal partner to Thomas Hardy, and he set over 50 of Hardy's poems, in songs which range from the homely to the magnificent 'Channel Firing'.

On his marriage to his artist wife Joy, Finzi moved to the country, in time building a fine house at Ashmansworth on the Hampshire Downs. There he collected his large library, his rare apple trees, his wide circle of friends. The war forced him to work in London, but in 1940 he started the Newbury String Players, with whom he came to give notable first performances and revivals of English 18th-century composers, among them Stanley, Boyce and Mudge. Through this work he undoubtedly refined his own string-writing, as is shown in the Clarinet Concerto.

In 1947 he collaborated with Edmund Blunden on the Ode for St Cecilia; the experience led to his Crees lectures on 'The Composer's Use of Words'. His major choral work, a setting of Wordsworth's Intimations of Immortality, in which the bloom and the shadow of life are finely balanced, was performed in 1950. The next year Finzi learnt he had a form of leukaemia. His powerful Cello Concerto was composed under that stress, and was played at the Proms a few weeks before he died.

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Gerald Finzi, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & David Hill
Prelude for String Orchestra
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Prelude for String Orchestra Prelude for String Orchestra Prelude for String Orchestra Prelude for String Orchestra
Gerald Finzi, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley & Piers Lane
Eclogue for piano and string orchestra
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Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Eclogue for piano and string orchestra Eclogue for piano and string orchestra
Gerald Finzi, Britten Sinfonia, Mark Padmore & Jackie Shave
Dies Natalis
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Dies Natalis Dies Natalis Dies Natalis Dies Natalis
Gerald Finzi, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Martyn Brabbins
Clarinet Concerto
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Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto
Iain Burnside, Gerald Finzi & Marcus Farnsworth
To a poet - No.4 The Birthnight
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To a poet - No.4 The Birthnight To a poet - No.4 The Birthnight To a poet - No.4 The Birthnight To a poet - No.4 The Birthnight
Gerald Finzi, Nicholas Morris, Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir & Paul Spicer
Lo, the full, final sacrifice Op.26
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Lo, the full, final sacrifice Op.26 Lo, the full, final sacrifice Op.26 Lo, the full, final sacrifice Op.26 Lo, the full, final sacrifice Op.26
Wells Cathedral Choir & Gerald Finzi
Magnificat: Finzi
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Magnificat: Finzi Magnificat: Finzi Magnificat: Finzi Magnificat: Finzi
Gerald Finzi, Martyn Brabbins, Christopher Maltman & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Let us garlands bring (Op.18) ..., no.5; It was a lover and his lass ...
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Let us garlands bring (Op.18) ..., no.5; It was a lover and his lass ... Let us garlands bring (Op.18) ..., no.5; It was a lover and his lass ... Let us garlands bring (Op.18) ..., no.5; It was a lover and his lass ... Let us garlands bring (Op.18) ..., no.5; It was a lover and his lass ...
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: The Dance Continued
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A Young Man's Exhortation: The Dance Continued A Young Man's Exhortation: The Dance Continued A Young Man's Exhortation: The Dance Continued A Young Man's Exhortation: The Dance Continued
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation:Transformations
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A Young Man's Exhortation:Transformations A Young Man's Exhortation:Transformations A Young Man's Exhortation:Transformations A Young Man's Exhortation:Transformations
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: Former Beauties
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A Young Man's Exhortation: Former Beauties A Young Man's Exhortation: Former Beauties A Young Man's Exhortation: Former Beauties A Young Man's Exhortation: Former Beauties
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: The Sigh
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A Young Man's Exhortation: The Sigh A Young Man's Exhortation: The Sigh A Young Man's Exhortation: The Sigh A Young Man's Exhortation: The Sigh
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: Shortening Days
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A Young Man's Exhortation: Shortening Days A Young Man's Exhortation: Shortening Days A Young Man's Exhortation: Shortening Days A Young Man's Exhortation: Shortening Days
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: The Comet at Yell'ham
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A Young Man's Exhortation: The Comet at Yell'ham A Young Man's Exhortation: The Comet at Yell'ham A Young Man's Exhortation: The Comet at Yell'ham A Young Man's Exhortation: The Comet at Yell'ham
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: Her Temple
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A Young Man's Exhortation: Her Temple A Young Man's Exhortation: Her Temple A Young Man's Exhortation: Her Temple A Young Man's Exhortation: Her Temple
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young Man's Exhortation: Budmouth Dears
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A Young Man's Exhortation: Budmouth Dears A Young Man's Exhortation: Budmouth Dears A Young Man's Exhortation: Budmouth Dears A Young Man's Exhortation: Budmouth Dears
Gerald Finzi, Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young man's exhortation Op.14: Ditty
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A Young man's exhortation Op.14: Ditty A Young man's exhortation Op.14: Ditty A Young man's exhortation Op.14: Ditty A Young man's exhortation Op.14: Ditty
Iain Burnside & John Mark Ainsley
A Young man's exhortation Op.14: A Young man's exhortation
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A Young man's exhortation Op.14: A Young man's exhortation A Young man's exhortation Op.14: A Young man's exhortation A Young man's exhortation Op.14: A Young man's exhortation A Young man's exhortation Op.14: A Young man's exhortation
Truro Cathedral Choir & Gerald Finzi
Lo, the full, final sacrifice
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Lo, the full, final sacrifice Lo, the full, final sacrifice Lo, the full, final sacrifice Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Michael McHale, Gerald Finzi
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.1; Prelude
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5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.1; Prelude
Iain Burnside, Gerald Finzi & Roderick Williams
Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.1; Summer schemes
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Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.1; Summer schemes Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.1; Summer schemes Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.1; Summer schemes Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.1; Summer schemes
Gerald Finzi
Before and After Summer Op.16
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Before and After Summer Op.16 Before and After Summer Op.16 Before and After Summer Op.16 Before and After Summer Op.16
Gerald Finzi, Matthew Long & Ian Tindale
Only the Wanderer
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Only the Wanderer Only the Wanderer Only the Wanderer Only the Wanderer
Gerald Finzi
To a poet - song-cycle for low voice and piano
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To a poet - song-cycle for low voice and piano To a poet - song-cycle for low voice and piano To a poet - song-cycle for low voice and piano To a poet - song-cycle for low voice and piano
Robert Plane, Gerald Finzi, Lawrence Ashmore, Northern Sinfonia & Howard Griffiths
v. Fughetta from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23
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v. Fughetta from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 v. Fughetta from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 v. Fughetta from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 v. Fughetta from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23
Robert Plane, Gerald Finzi, Lawrence Ashmore, Northern Sinfonia & Howard Griffiths
iv Forlana from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23
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iv Forlana from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 iv Forlana from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 iv Forlana from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23 iv Forlana from 5 Bagatelles Op. 23
Gerald Finzi & musica intima
Nightingales (7 Partsongs op.17)
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Nightingales (7 Partsongs op.17) Nightingales (7 Partsongs op.17) Nightingales (7 Partsongs op.17) Nightingales (7 Partsongs op.17)
Roger Vignoles, Gerald Finzi & Jonathan Lemalu
Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.7; To Lizbie Browne
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Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.7; To Lizbie Browne Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.7; To Lizbie Browne Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.7; To Lizbie Browne Earth and air and rain for baritone and piano (Op.15), no.7; To Lizbie Browne
Gerald Finzi, Rodney Friend, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Introit for small orchestra and solo violin
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Introit for small orchestra and solo violin Introit for small orchestra and solo violin Introit for small orchestra and solo violin Introit for small orchestra and solo violin
James Creer, Gerald Finzi & John Bradbury
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.2; Romance
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5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.2; Romance 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.2; Romance 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.2; Romance 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.2; Romance
BBC Singers, Gerald Finzi & Stephen Layton
White-flowering days for chorus (Op.37), no.8 in 'A Garland for the Queen', 1953
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White-flowering days for chorus (Op.37), no.8 in 'A Garland for the Queen', 1953

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Gerald Finzi, Jonathan Lemalu & Roger Vignoles
To Lizbie Browne
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To Lizbie Browne To Lizbie Browne To Lizbie Browne To Lizbie Browne
Gerald Finzi, City of London Sinfonia & Richard Hickox
Romance for string orchestra Op.11
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Romance for string orchestra Op.11 Romance for string orchestra Op.11 Romance for string orchestra Op.11 Romance for string orchestra Op.11
Gerald Finzi, John Noble, Jane Manning, The John Alldis Choir, Vernon Handley & Philharmonia Orchestra
In Terra Pax
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In Terra Pax In Terra Pax In Terra Pax In Terra Pax
Gerald Finzi, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
The Fall of the Leaf (Elegy for Orchestra, Op.20)
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The Fall of the Leaf (Elegy for Orchestra, Op.20) The Fall of the Leaf (Elegy for Orchestra, Op.20) The Fall of the Leaf (Elegy for Orchestra, Op.20) The Fall of the Leaf (Elegy for Orchestra, Op.20)
Robert Plane, Gerald Finzi, Northern Sinfonia & Howard Griffiths
5 Bagatelles (Op.23) arr. L.Ashmore for clarinet and ensemble, no.1; Prelude
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5 Bagatelles (Op.23) arr. L.Ashmore for clarinet and ensemble, no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles (Op.23) arr. L.Ashmore for clarinet and ensemble, no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles (Op.23) arr. L.Ashmore for clarinet and ensemble, no.1; Prelude 5 Bagatelles (Op.23) arr. L.Ashmore for clarinet and ensemble, no.1; Prelude
Olivia Robinson, Gerald Finzi, BBC Singers, Stephen Charlesworth, David Hill & BBC Concert Orchestra
In terra pax Op.39 for sop, bar, chor, strings, harp & cymbals
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In terra pax Op.39 for sop, bar, chor, strings, harp & cymbals In terra pax Op.39 for sop, bar, chor, strings, harp & cymbals In terra pax Op.39 for sop, bar, chor, strings, harp & cymbals In terra pax Op.39 for sop, bar, chor, strings, harp & cymbals
Gerald Finzi, Nicky Spence, David Hill & BBC Concert Orchestra
Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra
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Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra
Peter Donohoe, Northern Sinfonia, Gerald Finzi & Howard Griffiths
Eclogue OP 10
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Eclogue OP 10 Eclogue OP 10 Eclogue OP 10 Eclogue OP 10
Gerald Finzi, Finzi Singers, Paul Charrier, Susan Gritton, John Bowen, Harry Bicket & Paul Spicer
Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice
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Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice
Hilary Davan Wetton, London Mozart Players, Roderick Williams & Gerald Finzi
Requiem da Camera: Only a man harrowing clods
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