Gerald Finzi. Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook. : Five Bagatelles, Op. Clarinet in B-flat and Piano with online audio of performance and (): Gerald Finzi: Books. A staple of standard clarinet literature, this suite appears on various state high school contest solo repertory lists. Contents: I. Prelude · II. Romance · III. Carol · IV.

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Finzi is best known as a choral composer, but also wrote in other genres.

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Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo bbagatelles and string orchestra, and his concertos for cello and clarinet.

Finzi became one of the most characteristically “English” composers of his generation. Despite being an agnostic of Jewish descent, several of his choral works incorporate Christian texts.

dinzi Finzi’s father, dinzi successful shipbrokerdied just a fortnight short of his son’s eighth birthday. During these formative years he also suffered the loss of all three of his brothers. These adversities contributed to Finzi’s bleak outlook on life, but he found solace in the poetry of Thomas Traherne and his favourite, Thomas Hardywhose poems, as well as those by Christina Rossettihe began to set to music.

In the poetry of Hardy, Traherne, and later William WordsworthFinzi was attracted by the recurrent motif of bzgatelles innocence of childhood corrupted by adult experience. From the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone. After Farrar’s death, Finzi studied privately at York Minster with the organist and choirmaster Edward Bairstowa strict teacher compared to Farrar. Infollowing five years of study with Bairstow, Finzi moved to Painswick in Gloucestershirewhere he began composing in earnest.

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His first Hardy settings and the orchestral piece A Severn Rhapsody were soon performed in London to favourable reviews.

Inat the suggestion of Adrian BoultFinzi took a course in counterpoint with R. Finzi never felt at home in the city and, having married the artist Joyce Blacksettled with her in AldbourneWiltshirewhere he devoted himself to composing and apple-growing, saving a number of rare English apple varieties from extinction.


He also amassed a large library of some volumes of English poetry, philosophy and literature, now kept at finzu University of Reading and a collection some volumes including books, manuscripts and printed scores of 18th-century English music, now kept at the University of St Andrews. During the s, Finzi composed only a few works, but it was in these, notably the cantata Dies natalis to texts by Thomas Trahernethat his fully mature style developed.

He also worked on behalf of the poet-composer Ivor Gurneywho had been committed to a mental hospital. Finzi and his wife catalogued and edited Gurney’s works for publication.

In the Finzis moved to Ashmansworth in Hampshirewhere he founded the Fizi String Playersan amateur chamber orchestra which he conducted until his fjnzi, reviving eighteenth century string music as well as giving premieres of works by his contemporaries, and offering chances of performance for talented young musicians such as Julian Bream and Kenneth Leighton. The outbreak of World War II delayed the first performance of Dies natalis fjnzi the Three Choirs Festivalan event that could have established Finzi as a major composer.

After the war, he became somewhat more productive than before, writing several choral works as well as the Clarinet Concertoperhaps bagatflles most popular work. By now, Finzi’s works were being performed frequently at the Three Choirs Festival and elsewhere. But this happiness was not to last. InFinzi learned that he was suffering from the then incurable Bagatellse disease and had at most ten years to live.

Something of his feelings after this revelation is probably reflected in the agonized first movement of his Cello ConcertoFinzi’s last major work, although its second movement, originally intended as a musical portrait of his wife, is more serene.

Gerald Finzi

Infollowing an excursion near Gloucester with Vaughan WilliamsFinzi developed shinglesprobably as a result bagatel,es immune suppression caused by Hodgkin’s disease. Biographies refer to him subsequently developing chickenpoxwhich developed into a “severe brain inflammation “.

What this probably means, in modern medical language, is that the shingles developed into disseminated shingleswhich resembled chickenpox, and was complicated by encephalitis. He died soon afterwards, aged 55, in the Radcliffe InfirmaryOxford, the first performance of his Cello Concerto on the radio having been given the night before.


His ashes were scattered on May Hill near Gloucester in Among his other songs, the settings of Shakespeare poems in the cycle Let Us Garlands Bring are the best known.

FINZI Five Bagatelles. Diabelleries. Interlude

For voice and orchestra he composed the above-mentioned Dies natalisand the pacifist Farewell to Arms He began what is believed to have been intended as a piano concerto. This was never finished or given a title, but after his death his publisher gave two of the individual movements names and published them as the separate works Eclogue and Grand Fantasia and Toccata.

He also completed a violin concerto which was performed in London under the baton of Vaughan Williams, but was not satisfied with it and withdrew the two outer movements; the surviving middle movement is called Introit. This concerto thus received only its second performance in and its first recording is now on Chandos.

Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto and his Cello Concerto are possibly his most famous and frequently performed instrumental works. Of Finzi’s few chamber works, only the Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano have survived in the regular repertoire.

Bagaetlles had a long friendship with the composer Howard Ferguson who, as well as offering advice on his works during his life, helped with the editing of several of Finzi’s posthumous works. Finzi’s younger son Nigel was a successful violinist, and worked closely with their mother in promoting his father’s music.

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