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As I lay in the early sun, Op 13b No 3

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1921; part of the posthumously assembled Op 13b entitled Oh fair to see
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As I lay in the early sun, by the Georgian poet Edward Shanks, was composed in 1921 in the wake of an unpublished by Gurney (for whom Finzi remained a lifelong advocate) and a published one by Armstrong Gibbs. Transparently diatonic with understated modal inflections, Finzi’s lush harmony and ecstatic vocal contours underpin Shanks’s pastoral daydream.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001

Recordings

On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
Songs by Finzi and his Friends
CDH55084Composers of World War I

Details

Track 13 on CDA67227 [1'59] Archive Service
Track 17 on CDH55084 [1'27] Composers of World War I

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