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A comparable but different difficulty applies to White-flowering days. Finzi was one of a dozen composers approached by the Arts Council with a commission for what became a set of madrigals entitled ‘A garland for the Queen’, echoing ‘The triumphs of Oriana’ presented to Queen Elizabeth I in 1601. Britten and Walton turned their commissions down for differing reasons, so only ten works were written, each now a little isolated in its brevity unless the collection is programmed as a whole. Finzi collaborated with his old friend Edmund Blunden. The result is a shapely and contained utterance, its brief moments of overt exultation tempered by the evanescence of the music’s weightless opening parallel thirds.