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Till Earth outwears, Op 19a

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collected posthumously by Finzi's executors and first performed by Wilfred Brown and Howard Ferguson on 21 February 1958
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Till Earth outwears was gathered and grouped, after Finzi’s premature death, by his executors. The first performance was by Wilfred Brown and Howard Ferguson on 21 February 1958. ‘The Market-Girl’ shows his parlando, conversational style at its best; here is tenderness, a humorous chuckle and—unusually—a triumphant end. In the next song the words are as cunningly disposed, but to a bitter end as passion throbs in an old body.

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

Recordings

Finzi: Earth and air and rain
CDD220702CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

No 1: Let me enjoy the earth
Track 11 on CDD22070 CD1 [2'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 2: In years defaced
Track 12 on CDD22070 CD1 [3'23] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 3: The Market-Girl  Nobody took any notice of her as she stood on the causey kerb
Track 13 on CDD22070 CD1 [1'35] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4: I look into my glass
Track 14 on CDD22070 CD1 [2'05] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 5: It never looks like summer here
Track 15 on CDD22070 CD1 [1'08] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 6: At a lunar eclipse  Thy shadow, earth, from pole to central sea
Track 16 on CDD22070 CD1 [3'33] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 7: Life Laughs Onward  Rambling I looked for an old abode
Track 17 on CDD22070 CD1 [2'00] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

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