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. Although Finzi did not compose much chamber music, his innately contrapuntal style, informed by enduring fascination for the music of Bach, lends itself well to.
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This distinctive suite of short movements is now a cornerstone of the clarinet repertoire for players of all ages. Interlude View record and artist details Record and Artist Details. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.
Skip to main content. Nevertheless, in the spring and summer fjnzi he grabbed the moment for a burst of composition before he was drafted to work in the Ministry of War Transport that July. Subscribe to our email newsletters. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.
FINZI Five Bagatelles. Diabelleries. Interlude |
Gerald Raphael Finzi Composer. The Fughetta Allegro vivace undoubtedly provided the lively finale that Boosey wanted. Full of Bachian conceits, it explores the full range of the clarinet in a devil-may-care exuberance. Together with a fourth, completed in Januarythey were given their first performance on 15 January by Pauline Juler accompanied by Howard Ferguson at one of the renowned National Gallery daily lunchtime concerts that did bagatellles much to hearten war-weary Londoners.
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Home Composers Catalogue Detail. This is especially true of the two original chamber works from the s, the rarely heard Interlude for oboe and string quartet, and Prelude and Fugue for string trio dedicated to that luminary of counterpoint and pedagogy, RO Morris.
Composition Artist Credits 5 Bagatelles. It lay dormant for over a decade until Finzi bxgatelles the melody up again for this bagatelle. Certainly this tender, lilting music seems worlds away from the lively Venetian folk dance which is the origin of the word. Although he believed Britain had no alternative but to fight the Nazi menace, he felt intensely frustrated at the prospect of looming war service which would interrupt his composing, just at this moment of new confidence.
Given the high-quality performances on this CD, I hope the Cologne soloists will go on to do other British repertoire with the same aplomb as is shown here. A present for Anne Macnaghten and bagatdlles New Music Group who performed it for the first time in Mayand a suggestion initiated by Vaughan Williams, it features nine variations by different British composers.
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.