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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
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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

Recordings

On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
Songs by Finzi and his Friends
CDH55084Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

Details

Track 11 on CDA67227 [1'21] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55084 [1'07] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

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