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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He also worked on behalf of the poet-composer Ivor Bagaatelleswho had been committed to a mental hospital. Finzi and his wife catalogued and edited Gurney’s works for publication. This distinctive suite of short movements is now a cornerstone of bagatel,es clarinet repertoire for players of all ages. A well presented and clearly formatted edition of Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for clarinet.

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

From the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone. For voice and orchestra he composed the above-mentioned Dies natalisand the pacifist Farewell to Arms 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 Bbagatelles and Grand Fantasia and Toccata.

Gerald Finzi (Lawrence Ashmore) – Five Bagatelles

Finzi was attracted to the deep-hued sound of the clarinet and demonstrated in the Bagatelles a highly effective exploitation of the instrument, its range and colour.

Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet.

Full of Bachian conceits, it explores the full range of the clarinet in a devil-may-care exuberance. He began what is believed to have been intended as a piano concerto.


The outbreak of World War II delayed the first performance of Dies natalis at the Three Choirs Festivalan event that could have established Finzi as a major composer.

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

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

Boydell Press,p. Finzi’s father, a successful shipbrokerdied just a fortnight short of his son’s eighth birthday. 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.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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Gerald Finzi

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The fourth piece Forlana is a very peaceful serene piece, lke the second piece Romance, it is very romantic and very peaceful. The second piece Romance, is indeed romantic, it is slow and melancholic, and in some bagateples emotional – i could just drift off to sleep when i play it! The last piece, Fughetta, well what can i say!!


Music shop powered by. Home Composers Catalogue Detail. His first Hardy settings and the orchestral piece A Severn Rhapsody were soon performed in London to favourable reviews. The last piece, Fughetta, well what can i say!!

The Fughetta Allegro vivace undoubtedly provided the lively finale that Boosey wanted. Retrieved 3 May Trinity College London Clarinet By now, Finzi’s works were being performed frequently at the Three Choirs Festival and elsewhere. Includes separate piano accompaniment sheet.

But this happiness was not to last. He died soon afterwards, aged 55, in the Radcliffe Infirmary bgatelles, Oxford, the first performance of his Cello Concerto on the radio having been given the night before.

List of compositions by Finnzi Finzi. Weber, Bagagelles Maria von. What this probably means, in modern medical language, is that the shingles developed into disseminated shingleswhich resembled chickenpox, and was complicated by encephalitis.

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! This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat