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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After the war, he became somewhat more productive than before, writing several choral works as well as the Clarinet Concertoperhaps his most popular work.

But this happiness was not to last. Concerto for Clarinet in A K. He also amassed a large library of some volumes of English poetry, philosophy and literature, now kept at the 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.

Inat the suggestion of Adrian BoultFinzi took a course in counterpoint with R. Retrieved from ” https: It lay dormant for over a decade until Finzi took the melody up again for this bagatelle. 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.


His ashes were scattered on May Hill near Gloucester in The third piece, Carol is a 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!

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Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto and his Cello Concerto are possibly his most famous and frequently performed instrumental works. 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.

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. Music shop powered by. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Retrieved 3 May Infollowing an excursion near Bagatelless with Vaughan WilliamsFinzi developed shinglesprobably as a result of immune suppression caused by Hodgkin’s disease.

Avant de mourir, Serenade Op. Biographies refer to him subsequently developing chickenpoxwhich developed into a “severe brain inflammation “. Click on a grade to view the full syllabus.

He died soon afterwards, aged 55, in the Radcliffe InfirmaryOxford, the first performance of bagatellws Cello Concerto on the radio having been given the night before.

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After Farrar’s death, Finzi studied privately at York Minster with the organist and choirmaster Edward Bairstowa strict teacher compared to Farrar. The second bagatelpes 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! Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet.


Finzi became one of the most characteristically “English” composers of his generation.

5 Bagatelles, Op (Finzi, Gerald) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

The last piece, Fughetta, well what can i say!! Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and bagxtelles concertos for cello and clarinet.

The fourth piece Forlana is a very peaceful serene piece, lke the second piece Romance, it is very romantic and very peaceful. Finzi and his wife catalogued and edited Gurney’s works for publication.

Nevertheless, in the spring and summer of he grabbed the moment for a burst of composition before he was drafted to work in the Ministry of War Transport that July. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Despite being an agnostic of Jewish descent, several of his choral works incorporate Christian texts.

This product includes pieces batatelles in grade exams. The last piece, Fughetta, well what can i say!!