Finzi and the other version: “All marked with mute surmise / My radiance rare and fathomless” ; Gibbs mixes them: “All marked with mute surmise / What meant. Check out Finzi: Earth and Air and Rain – 6. Rollicum-rorum by Benjamin Luxon on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on. FINZI Earth and Air and Rain. 1 Till Earth outwears. 2 I said to Love. 3 A Young Man’s Exhortation. 4 Before and after Summer 5 • Stephen.

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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is eart available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. The earliest songs date from the s; the latest from a few months before his death in Finzi and Hardy could have met.

It now belongs to the Dorchester Museum. Why did he set so much Hardy? He is not the most obvious choice for a lyrical composer. The poems Finzi chose cover a wide range of verse-forms and metres, few of them easy-running, many with intricate rhyme-schemes.


The language is by no means always mellifluous. There are few spare words or bland descriptions, but keen precise observations. Lines are often hard-packed with crusty sounds and sometimes teasing inversions.

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Not everyone would enjoy the archaisms that Hardy uses. But Finzi loved words. Though he never wrote poetry, he was a superb letter-writer who obviously enjoyed for its own sake the choice, sound, and placing of a word. His very large private library—all bought by himself, not inherited—contained far more books of literature than on music. And to a large degree his reaction was instinctive.

There was of course more to it than that. Three shared subjects stand out.

Finzi Earth and Air and Rain

Finzi was a slow worker, and he preferred to wait until he had collected enough songs to make a balanced set of ten, rather than to publish single songs which, he thought, made little impact. Adn his friend Howard Ferguson wrote: So the songs in each set cover a spread of years and are not always possible to date exactly.

The thread is an emotional one, linking the young idealist as he matures to his gentle end under the yellowing trees. The first song begins lyrically, with imitation in the piano part, as if all set for a closed form; but it slackens into quasi-recitative for the questioning fourth verse; has a Holstian march bass at the mention of passing time, warth ends having started in A flat on a surprising chord of E major—all characteristic Finzi procedures. The second song, apparently artless, is subtle in the way Finzi plays stress against metre to point up the words.


All five songs have their counterpart—in sentiment and form—in the later sets. Both have swinging tunes which carry their narratives, but their form is modified to reflect change. Both concern Hardy and his wife Emma: The final song brings acceptance of the ever-lasting cycle of the seasons.

In the next song the words are as cunningly disposed, but to a bitter end as passion throbs in an old body. The last two songs are more astringent. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Don’t show me this message again. This is borne out by his copy of the Collected Poemsin which he has lightly crossed through those he has set, and marked those he would like to set. There are many more marked than crossed through.