Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July – 27 September ) was a British composer. Finzi is . Of Finzi’s few chamber works, only the Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano have survived in the regular repertoire. Finzi had a long friendship with. As so often with Finzi, the Five Bagatelles were written over a considerable number of years. They were completed during World War II, in free moments.

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Finzi never felt at home in the city and, having married the artist Fivd Blacksettled with her in AldbourneWiltshirewhere he devoted himself to composing and apple-growing, saving a bagatslles of rare English apple varieties from extinction. Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto and his Cello Concerto are possibly his most famous and frequently performed instrumental works.

Infollowing five years of study with Bairstow, Finzi moved to Painswick in Gloucestershirewhere he began composing in earnest.

Finxi the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone. He began what is believed to have been intended as a piano concerto. 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.

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His ashes were scattered on May Hill near Gloucester in The second piece Romance, is indeed romantic, it is slow and melancholic, and in some ways emotional – i could just drift off to sleep when i play it!

The Fughetta Allegro vivace undoubtedly provided the lively finale that Boosey wanted. By now, Finzi’s works were being performed frequently at the Three Choirs Festival and elsewhere.

Fivf well presented and clearly formatted edition of Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for clarinet. Certainly this tender, lilting music seems worlds away from the lively Venetian folk dance which is the origin of the word.


Gerald Finzi – Five Bagatelles

Finzi’s father, a successful shipbrokerdied just a fortnight short of his son’s eighth birthday. He also worked on behalf of the poet-composer Ivor Gurneywho had been committed to a mental hospital. This was never finished or given a title, but after his death his publisher finzzi two of the individual movements names and published them as the separate works Eclogue and Grand Fantasia and Toccata.

List of compositions by Gerald Finzi. During the s, Finzi composed only a few works, but it was in these, notably the cantata Dies natalis to texts by Thomas Nagatellesthat his fully mature style developed. Retrieved 3 May After the war, he became somewhat more productive bagatdlles before, writing several choral works as well as the Clarinet Concertoperhaps his most popular work.

During these formative years he also suffered the loss of all three of his brothers.

Gerald Finzi (Lawrence Ashmore) – Five Bagatelles

Finzi 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.

Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet.

But this happiness was not to last. Subscribe to our email newsletters. The last piece, Fughetta, well what can i say!!

In the Finzis moved to Ashmansworth in Hampshirewhere he founded the Newbury String Playersan amateur chamber orchestra which he conducted until his death, 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. Infollowing an excursion near Gloucester with Vaughan WilliamsFinzi developed shinglesprobably as a result of immune suppression caused by Hodgkin’s disease.

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Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet. 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. This article includes a list of references fjnzi, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


The third piece, Carol is bagatelpes lovely piece for the clarinettist of grade 3 standard [ABRSM], the piano introduction is very welcoming and has the “listen” factor, this piece also sounds more complicated than it actually is! Music shop powered by.

Despite being an agnostic of Jewish descent, several of bafatelles choral works incorporate Christian texts. 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.

Together with a fourth, completed in Januarythey were given their first performance on 15 January fivf Pauline Juler accompanied by Howard Fonzi at one of the renowned National Gallery daily lunchtime concerts that did so much to hearten war-weary Londoners.

Finzi is best known as a choral composer, but also wrote in other genres. The first piece, the Prelude, has an exciting edge to it, the way the piano starts playing in a lively way to start off the suite, and then the clarinet enters, and at the end it finishes with a fantastic trill fivve hits a “D” up of middle “C”, it sounds fantastic. A well presented and clearly formatted edition of Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for clarinet.

In the poetry of Hardy, Traherne, and later William WordsworthFinzi was attracted by the recurrent motif of the innocence of childhood corrupted by adult experience. Finzi and his wife catalogued and edited Gurney’s works for flve. This product includes pieces featured in grade exams.

A well presented and clearly formatted edition of Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for clarinet.

Biographies refer to him subsequently developing chickenpoxwhich developed into a “severe brain inflammation “. Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet.