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Gerald Finzi

Gerald Raphael Finzi was born into a fairly prosperous family on 14th July 1901. His father was a successful London shipbroker. There were four other brothers and sisters. He was descended from Italian Jewish ancestry and his parents were, at that time practising Orthodox Jews. The composer never really acknowledged this religious heritage. In fact he wrote a number of distinctively Christian works including fine setting of the Magnificat.

Finzi was educated privately. However during the First World War his mother moved the family to Yorkshire. There Finzi studied with the young composer Ernest Farrar. After Farrar had received his call up papers, Finzi completed the first part of his musical education with the great organist at York Minster-Edward Bairstow.

It was during his early life that Finzi first became aware of the transience of life- one of the major themes of his music. In the space of a few years his father and three brothers died. Ernest Farrar was killed on the Western Front. This sudden realisation of the harshness of the world recommended the poetry of Thomas Traherne - the great Platonist poet who dwelt on the innocence of the soul of a child and of course William Wordsworth's Intimations of Immortality.

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Gerald Finzi : Nightingales : SSATB : 01 Songbook : 073999594881 : 48009740

Gerald Finzi : Nightingales

Nightingales is a beautiful song for 5-part mixed voices (SSATB) a cappella, taken from Gerald Finzi's settings of Seven Poems of Robert Bridges.

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Voicing: SSATB | 2982b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Gerald Finzi : 7 Poems Of Robert Bridges : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999199765 : 48011654

Gerald Finzi : 7 Poems Of Robert Bridges

A wide-ranging quintessentially English setting of lyrical poetry by Robert Bridges, resulting in some of the finest unaccompanied part songs of the period. There is a great deal of variety in the set from the simple and direct setting of I praise the tender flower, through the elated emotions of My spirit sang all day, to the sultry summer by the river in Clear and gentle stream and the weighty emotions expressed in the last song Wherefore tonight so full of care. Performed complete, lasting nearly 20 minutes, the Seven Part Songs provide a most attractive item in a concert programme, suitable for coupling with madrigals and part songs ancient and modern

Songlist: I Praise the Tender Flower, I Have Loved Flowers that Fade, My Spirit Sang All Day, Clear and Gentle Stream, Nightingales, Hast on, my joys!, Wherefore to-night so full of care

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Voicing: SATB | 7438b | Songbook | $19.95 | A Cappella


Gerald Finzi : A Cappella Compositions : SATB : Sheet Music

Gerald Finzi : A Cappella Compositions

Gerald Finzi is one of the most admired British composers of the 20th Century. His music embraces a rich variety of moods, from elegiac lyricism, through spiritual reflection, to radiant joy. Finzi epitomised much that was characteristic of English Music, Literature and Landscape. He was part of that generation of composers who came to maturity in the middle of the 20th century. He was friends with Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edmund Rubbra, Howard Ferguson, Arthur Bliss and Robin Milford. The beautiful and sensitive nature of Gerald Finzi's compositions is displayed in these six excellent 4-part arrangements.

Songlist: All This Night, I Praise the Tender Flower, Clear and Gentle Stream, Wherefore Tonight So Full of Care, White-Flowering Days

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Voicing: SATB | 9307b | Sheet Music | $11.95 | A Cappella


Gerald Finzi : Three Short Elegies : SATB : Sheet Music : 073999164213 : 48009743

Gerald Finzi : Three Short Elegies

One of most popular of 20th century British composers, in concert and on disc , Gerald Finzi's works are lyrical, subtly understated, often elegiac in tone, mingling human pain and natural beauty. These beautiful pieces are suitable for funerals and memorials.

Songlist: Life a Right Shadow Is, This World A Hunting Is, This Life, Which Seems So Fair

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Voicing: SATB | 9308b | Sheet Music | $6.50 | A Cappella


Gerald Finzi : Collected Songs : Solo : Songbook : 884088151737 : 1423456742 : 48019456

Gerald Finzi : Collected Songs

For the first time, the lovely songs of British composer Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) are collected together in one volume, in two keys. This new collection includes some first time transpositions as well. Contents: I SAID TO LOVE: I need no go - At Middle-Field Gate in February - Two Lips - In five-score summers! - For Life I had never cared greatly - I said to Love. LET US GARLANDS BRING: Come away, come away, death - Who is Sylvia? - Fear no more the heat o' the sun - O Mistress Mine - It was a lover and his lass. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST: Songs for Hiems and Ver - Songs for Moth: Riddle Song - False Concolinel. OH FAIR TO SEE: I say, I'll seek her- Oh fair to see - As I lay in the early sun - Only the wanderer - To Joy - Harvest - Since we loved. TILL EARTH OUTWEARS: Let me enjoy the earth - In years defaced - The Market-Girl - I look into my glass - It never looks like summer - At a Lunar Eclipse - Life Laughs Onward. TO A POET: To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence - On parent knees - Intrada - The Birthnight - June on Castle Hill - Ode on the rejection of St. Cecelia. A YOUNG MAN'S EXHORTATION: PART I: A Young Man's Exhortation - Ditty - Budmouth Dears - Her Temple - The Comet at Yell'ham - PART II: Shortening Days - The Sigh - Former Beauties - Transformations - The Dance Continued.

Songlist: O Mistress Mine, Ditty, Fear no more the heat o' the sun, OH FAIR TO SEE, Intrada, I SAID TO LOVE, I need not go, At Middle-Field Gate in February, Two Lips, In five-score summers!, For Life I had never cared greatly, I said to Love, LET US GARLANDS BRING, Come away, come away, death, Who is Silvia?, It was a lover and his lass, MUSIC FOR 'LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST', Songs of Hiems and Ver, Songs for Moth: 1. Riddle Song, Songs for Moth: 2. False Concolinel, I say, 'I'll seek her', Oh fair to see, As I lay in the early sun, Only the wanderer, To Joy, Harvest, Since we loved, TILL EARTH OUTWEARS, Let me enjoy the earth, In years defaced, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40266b | Songbook | $26.95 | Voice and Piano


Gerald Finzi : Collected Songs : Solo : Songbook : 884088151744 : 1423456777 : 48019457

Gerald Finzi : Collected Songs

Contents: BEFORE AND AFTER SUMMER: Childhood among the Ferns - Before and after Summer - The Self-unseeing - Overlooking the River - Channel Firing - In the Mind's Eye - The Too Short Time - Epeisodia - Amabel - He Abjures Love. EARTH AND AIR AND RAIN: Summer Schemes - When I set out for Lyonnesse - Waiting for Both - The Phantom - So I have fared - Rollicum-Rorum - To Lizbie - The Clock of the Years - In a Churchyard - Proud Songsters. I SAID TO LOVE: I need not go - At Middle-Field Gate in February - Two Lips - In five-score - Summers - For Life I had never cared greatly - I said to Love. LET US GARLANDS BRING: Come away, come away, death - Who is Sylvia? - Fear no more the heat o' the sun - O Mistress Mine - It was a lover and his lass. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST: Songs for Heims and Ver (Song for Moth) - Riddle Song - False Colcolinel. OH FAIR TO SEE: I say I'll seek her - Oh fair to see - As I lay in the early sun - Only the wanderer - To Joy - Harvest - Since we loved. TILL EARTH OUTWEARS: Let me enjoy the earth - In years defaced - The Market-Girl - I look into my glass - It never looks like summer - At a lunar Eclipse - Life Laughs Onward. TO A POET: To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence - On Parent Knees - Intrada - The Birthnight - June on Castle Hill - Ode on the rejection of St. Cecelia.

Songlist: O Mistress Mine, Fear no more the heat o' the sun, OH FAIR TO SEE, Intrada, I SAID TO LOVE, BEFORE AND AFTER SUMMER, I need not go, At Middle-Field Gate in February, Two Lips, In five-score summers!, For Life I had never cared greatly, I said to Love, LET US GARLANDS BRING, Come away, come away, death, Who is Silvia?, It was a lover and his lass, MUSIC FOR 'LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST', Songs of Hiems and Ver, Songs for Moth: 1. Riddle Song, Songs for Moth: 2. False Concolinel, I say, 'I'll seek her', Oh fair to see, As I lay in the early sun, Only the wanderer, To Joy, Harvest, Since we loved, TILL EARTH OUTWEARS, Let me enjoy the earth, In years defaced, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40267b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Gerald Finzi : Magnificat : SATB : Songbook : 073999907797 : 48010738

Gerald Finzi : Magnificat

Vocal/Choral Score. Full score and parts available on rental from Boosey & Hawkes.

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Voicing: SATB | 40336b | Songbook | $5.95


Gerald Finzi : There's Snow on the Fields : SA : Songbook : 073999599114 : 48010823

Gerald Finzi : There's Snow on the Fields

Text by Christina Rossetti

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Voicing: SA | 40337b | Songbook | $4.25


Individual Folios

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A Linnet in a Gilded Cage : 2-Part : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Songbook : 48010819 : 073999158823

Gerald Finzi : A Linnet in a Gilded Cage

Text by Christina Rossetti

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48010819


All This Night : SATB divisi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48009714 : 073999717518

Gerald Finzi : All This Night

Arranger: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48009714


Clear and Gentle Stream : SATB : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48009716 : 073999550047

Gerald Finzi : Clear and Gentle Stream

Arranger: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48009716


Dancing on the Hilltops : Unison : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48010815 : 073999153873

Gerald Finzi : Dancing on the Hilltops

Text by Christina Rossetti

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48010815


Dead in the Cold : 2-Part : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48010816 : 073999687958

Gerald Finzi : Dead in the Cold

Text by Christina Rossetti

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48010816


Ferry Me Across the Water : Unison : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48010817 : 073999340457

Gerald Finzi : Ferry Me Across the Water

Text by Christina Rossetti. Optional Two-part.

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48010817


Haste on, my joys! : SSATB : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48011442 : 073999567298

Gerald Finzi : Haste on, my joys!

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48011442


I Praise the Tender Flower : SATB : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48009732 : 073999679595

Gerald Finzi : I Praise the Tender Flower

Arranger: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48009732


The Lily Has a Smooth Stalk : Unison : Gerald Finzi : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48010818 : 073999589375

Gerald Finzi : The Lily Has a Smooth Stalk

Text by Christina Rossetti

Composer: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48010818


Wherefore Tonight So Full of Care : SATB : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48003899 : 073999778038

Gerald Finzi : Wherefore Tonight So Full of Care

Arranger: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003899


White-Flowering Days : SATB : Gerald Finzi : Sheet Music : 48009748 : 073999561746

Gerald Finzi : White-Flowering Days

Arranger: Gerald Finzi

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $7.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48009748

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