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Earth and Air and Rain, Op 15
composer
published in 1936; first performed on 2 July 1945 by Robert Irwin and Gerald Moore
author of text

Recordings
'Finzi: Earth and air and rain' (CDD22070)
Finzi: Earth and air and rain
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Details
No 01: Summer Schemes  When friendly summer calls again
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No 02: When I set out for Lyonnesse
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No 03: Waiting Both  A star looks down at me
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No 04: The Phantom  Queer are the ways of a man I know
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No 05: So I have fared  Simple was I and was young
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No 06: Rollicum-rorum  When lawyers strive to heal a breach
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No 07: To Lizbie Browne  Dear Lizbie Browne
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No 08: The Clock of the Years  A spirit passed before my face
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No 09: In a Churchyard  It is sad that so many of worth
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No 10: Proud Songsters  The thrushes sing as the sun is going
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Earth and Air and Rain, Op 15
Earth and Air and Rain, published in 1936, was not performed complete till 2 July 1945, by Robert Irwin and Gerald Moore. In ‘Lyonnesse’ and ‘The Phantom’ Finzi has composed what might be called enhanced ballads. Both have swinging tunes which carry their narratives, but their form is modified to reflect change. Both concern Hardy and his wife Emma: his first dazzling meeting with her, his sad return to his Lyonnesse after her death. ‘The Clock of the Years’ balances both songs, musically by dramatic recitative, and in content: in it the man’s age is constant, the woman’s alters—disastrously. The final song brings acceptance of the ever-lasting cycle of the seasons.

from notes by Diana McVeagh © 1989
Diana McVeagh’s Gerald Finzi: His Life and Music is published by Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge

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Details for CDD22070 disc 1 track 8
No 8: The Clock of the Years
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-16108
Duration
3'55
Recording date
20 December 1984
Recording venue
The New Concert Hall, University of South Wales, Cardiff,
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Finzi: Earth and air and rain (CDA66161/2)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: February 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22070
  2. Finzi: Earth and air and rain (CDD22070)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2009
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