Boosey & Hawkes Composer News

Search Catalogue


Gerald Finzi

 1901 - 1956Gerald Finzi Photo:


English    Deutsch    

Gerald Finzi studied composition with Farrar in Harrogate and Bairstow in York, and counterpoint with RO Morris * Deaths of father, three older brothers and teacher introduced theme of the fragility and transience of existence explored in many later works * Early musical influences include Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and song composers such as Ivor Gurney * Moved to London in 1926 where he befriended Ferguson and Rubbra and met Vaughan Williams, Holst and Bliss * Early successes included the Thomas Hardy cycles A Young Man's Exhortation and Earth and Air and Rain, which established him as a masterly and sensitive setter of poetry - his oeuvre extends to over 100 songs for soloist or choir * Although many works point to his skill as a miniaturist, after World War II he embraced larger forms including Clarinet Concerto, For St Cecilia and Intimations of Immortality * Works are lyrical, subtly understated, often elegiac in tone, mingling human pain and natural beauty * One of most popular of 20th century British composers, in concert and on disc

Works by Gerald Finzi include:
Dies natalis (mid-1920s,1938-39) Cantata for tenor or soprano solo and strings
Earth and Air and Rain (1928-32) Ten songs for baritone and piano
For St Cecilia (1946-47) Ceremonial ode for tenor, chorus and orchestra
Clarinet Concerto (1948-49) for clarinet and strings

"The artist is like the coral insect, building his reef out of the transitory world around him and making a solid structure to last long after his fragile and uncertain life..." — Gerald Finzi

Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

Listen To Finzi
Shop for Finzi

Sheet Music, CDs, downloads


Explore our library of 1500 online scores

FAQ | Contact Us | Links | About Us | Shop Directory | Careers | Terms of use | RSS Index