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White-flowering days, Op 37

First line:
Now the white-flowering days
1952/3; SATB unaccompanied; composed by the Arts Council set of madrigals entitled 'A garland for the Queen'
author of text

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.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2019


Finzi: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68222Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA68222 [3'57]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68222 track 6

Recording date
11 July 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Finzi: Choral works (CDA68222)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: August 2019
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