Gerald Finzi
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/960x540/p01bqt7b.jpg
1901-07-14
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/bdc820cb-c7cf-4301-8f5d-ec9ae2f62f94
Gerald Finzi

Gerald Finzi Biography (BBC)

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.

BBC

Gerald Finzi Biography (Wikipedia)

Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July 1901 – 27 September 1956) was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a choral composer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and his concertos for cello and clarinet.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.



Gerald Finzi Performances

Sort by

Gerald Finzi
Let us garlands bring (Op.18): no.3; Fear no more the heat o' the sun
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Let us garlands bring (Op.18): no.3; Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Gerald Finzi
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano No.1, Prelude
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano No.1, Prelude
Gerald Finzi
Bagatelle no. 5 for Clarinet and Piano: Fughetta - Allegro vivace
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Bagatelle no. 5 for Clarinet and Piano: Fughetta - Allegro vivace
Gerald Finzi
5 Bagatelles (Op.23), no.2; Romance
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
5 Bagatelles (Op.23), no.2; Romance
Gerald Finzi
Nightingales (No.5 of Seven Poems of Robert Bridges)
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Nightingales (No.5 of Seven Poems of Robert Bridges)
Gerald Finzi
Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: O Mistress mine; Who is Sylvia?
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: O Mistress mine; Who is Sylvia?
Gerald Finzi
It was a lover and his lass (from Let Us Garlands Bring)
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
It was a lover and his lass (from Let Us Garlands Bring)
Gerald Finzi
Intimations of Immortality
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Intimations of Immortality
Gerald Finzi
It was a lover and his lass
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
It was a lover and his lass
Gerald Finzi
Clear and Gentle Stream from Seven Part Songs op 17
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Clear and Gentle Stream from Seven Part Songs op 17
Gerald Finzi
Only a man harrowing clods (Requiem da Camera)
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Only a man harrowing clods (Requiem da Camera)
Gerald Finzi
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.5; Fughetta
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano (Op.23), no.5; Fughetta
Aaron O'Hare, Ruth McGinley & Gerald Finzi
The Clock of the Years
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
The Clock of the Years
Gerald Finzi
Concerto for Small Orchestra and Solo Violin: 2nd mvt: Molto sereno
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Concerto for Small Orchestra and Solo Violin: 2nd mvt: Molto sereno
Gerald Finzi
In Terra Pax
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
In Terra Pax
Gerald Finzi
White-flowering days for chorus (Op.37), no.8 in 'A Garland for the Queen', 1953
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
White-flowering days for chorus (Op.37), no.8 in 'A Garland for the Queen', 1953
Gerald Finzi
Prelude for String Orchestra
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
Prelude for String Orchestra
Gerald Finzi
A Frosty Christmas Eve
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqt7b.jpg
link
A Frosty Christmas Eve
Load more performances
Playlists featuring Gerald Finzi

Back to artist