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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Mr Gerald Finzi: A Many-Sided Man

Mr Gerald Finzi: A Many-Sided Man

(p.324) (p.325) Chapter 74 Mr Gerald Finzi: A Many-Sided Man
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Gerald Finzi's last new work was the cantata In Terra Pax. This work is significant not only for its intrinsic beauty, but because it seemed to gives hope of even better things to come. These hopes will not be fulfilled. In Terra Pax is characteristically founded on a poem by Robert Bridges. Finzi's music shows extraordinary affinity with this poet and with Thomas Hardy: both their language and their thought find an absolute counterpart in his settings. Finzi's compositions range from the slightest of songs through the noble cantata Dies Natalis, to the large scale choral work Intimations of Immortality. He also wrote much purely instrumental music, including concertos for clarinet, violoncello, and pianoforte. In all these works one finds something absolutely personal that will last on when other more showy, but less truly original, compositions are forgotten.

Keywords:   Gerald Finzi, In Terra Pax, Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, Dies Natalis, Intimations of Immortality, instrumental music, concertos, violoncello, pianoforte

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