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Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2
composer
1929; part of the posthumously assembled Op 13b entitled Oh fair to see
author of text

Recordings
'On this Island' (CDA67227)
On this Island
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67227  Archive Service  
'Songs by Finzi and his Friends' (CDH55084)
Songs by Finzi and his Friends
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55084  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 11 on CDA67227 [1'21] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55084 [1'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2
Oh fair to see is an aphoristic construction consisting of no more than two extended vocal phrases. Here, however, Finzi’s style has a greater contrapuntal succinctness (notably in the accompaniment), and the prose-like delivery of the vocal line with its careful placing of syllable and rhythm looks forward to the more spacious canvas of Intimations of Immortality which Finzi produced for the Gloucester Festival in 1950.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001

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