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Before and After Summer, Op 16
composer
first performed by Robert Irwin and Frederick Stone in a BBC broadcast on 17 October 1949
author of text

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'Finzi: Earth and air and rain' (CDD22070)
Finzi: Earth and air and rain
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No 01: Childhood among the Ferns  I sat one sprinkling day upon the lea
Track 11 on CDD22070 CD2 [3'19] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 02: Before and After Summer  Looking forward to the spring
Track 12 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'29] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 03: The Self-Unseeing  Here is the ancient floor, footworn and hollowed and thin
Track 13 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'30] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 04: Overlooking the River  The swallows flew in the curves of an eight
Track 14 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'24] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 05: Channel Firing  That night your great guns, unawares
Track 15 on CDD22070 CD2 [6'05] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 06: In the Mind's Eye  That was once her casement, and the taper nigh
Track 16 on CDD22070 CD2 [1'46] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 07: The Too Short Time  Nine leaves a minute swim down shakily
Track 17 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'53] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 08: Epeisodia  Past the hills that peep
Track 18 on CDD22070 CD2 [1'59] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 09: Amabel  I marked her ruined hues
Track 19 on CDD22070 CD2 [2'45] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 10: He Abjures Love  At last I put off love, for twice ten years
Track 20 on CDD22070 CD2 [4'09] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Before and After Summer, Op 16
Before and After Summer contains two of Finzi’s finest ‘vision’ images: the delicate dream-dance in ‘The Self-Unseeing’ and the urgent dissolving modulations of ‘In the Mind’s Eye’. In this set too is the improbable ‘Channel Firing’, a long dramatic piece in which, undaunted by Hardy’s immense subject and his colloquial expression of it, Finzi through-composes nine verses with only the gunfire figure and a little melodic phrase to hold them together. This set was first performed by Robert Irwin and Frederick Stone in a BBC broadcast on 17 October 1949.

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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