Gerald Finzi. Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook. : Five Bagatelles, Op. Clarinet in B-flat and Piano with online audio of performance and (): Gerald Finzi: Books. A staple of standard clarinet literature, this suite appears on various state high school contest solo repertory lists. Contents: I. Prelude · II. Romance · III. Carol · IV.

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One of my favorite composers is Gerald Finzi. He writes the most beautiful melodies and his phrasing is superb.

Five Bagatelles

I find that his music is never boring and that every phrase is a new adventure of sorts. Although Finzi is best known for his vocal music, his output also includes a piece for oboe and string quartet, a violin concerto, a cello concerto, and two works for the clarinet. With his primary output being vocal and choral music, it seems to make sense that he wrote for the clarinet since the clarinet is the closest instrument to the human voice! The lines are some of the most lyrical ones in the clarinet repertoire.

You may find that the melodies in the slower movements of the Five Bagatelles lend themselves well to singing. He also explores plenty of key signatures and meters. There are no boring moments in his writing and he apparently enjoyed playing with his ideas. In ABA form, the bagateles is fairly simple and motivic fini nature. It begins in a marcato style and explores a fairly wide range of the clarinet in the first phrase alone.

Finzi plays with the feel of the line by placing it on different beats. For example, the line initially begins on count 1, but later he places the same line on count 3, and later in a different meter! Rhythmically, it is bagateelles difficult, but rethinking the lines because of where they lie in the meter becomes necessary; this, along with the key explorations, is why the music is so interesting. Bagatells interplay between the piano and the clarinet is absolutely perfect.

The piano supports the clarinet in some places and compliments it well in others, often in a fugue-like manner. There is a constant flow of eighth notes through nearly the entire A section of the movement.

The B section is approached with a ritardando moltobagatellss by a change of both the key and the meter. There are new rhythmic ideas, mainly in the use of triplets and syncopation. A very interesting point is that the piano is in E Major for the first half of the movement, whilst the clarinet is in concert Db Major Ebthough accidentals in the clarinet solo make up for the difference in vagatelles. The reason for this is somewhat unclear, and the piano part changes key to Db Major to match finzii clarinet right after the poco ritard at the a tempo before rehearsal 5.


The clarinet line is a repetition of bagatellse original A section, with a few embellishments and other small changes in the piano part, up through most of the section at Rehearsal 7.

To finish out this exciting movement, Finzi goes back to the key of D major C concertbuilds up with some repeating patterns and finishes the Prelude with a definitive ending, well emphasized by the piano part.

Gerald Finzi – Five Bagatelles

Much slower than the first movement half the tempo, in factthis Andante tranquillo in ABA form seems to depict a lover dreamily contemplating the complex emotions that are often felt when one falls in love. The music seems to be asking questions with its mini swells on quarter notes and rises and falls in the lines. The piano is mostly supportive in the A sections, playing chords and occasionally a bit bxgatelles the melody, but is much more involved and interactive in the B section.

The piano introduces the new idea, echoed by the clarinet four bars later. What appears to be a repeat of the initial phrase in the upper clarion register turns out to be more a development of the new idea with a growing intensity.

It is important that the sixteenth notes just after Rehearsal 4 remain relaxed and steady, observing all the dynamics—it is easy to rush them and allow them to bagtelles frantic. The music finiz to the A section with a long rallentando to the the original tempo, where it repeats the opening A section almost exactly. The Carol is the easiest movement of the Five Bagatellesthough it still has an interesting meter: There would be no reason to alternate the count, bagatellse the double time signature seems to indicate; I believe that the meter is given in two interpretations.

This movement remains in the key of Bb major concert C from start to finish. Marked with long phrases as is typical of Finzithe timbres of the different clarinet registers are highlighted here by the repeat of the first long phrase one octave lower.

Then a sort of mini-development of the initial phrases occurs before the movement ends gently and softly, fading into nothing. Initially in the key of Db major concert Eb but with a modal tonality, there is a shift to concert F major G in the B section, where the major tonality brings a cheerful new idea.


Most of this movement stays in the soft dynamics, with the only forte dynamic being the climax at the end of the B section, where octave Bagatelle in the clarion register create a bit of a technical challenge TIP: The grace notes that occasionally appear should be played as gently and smoothly as possible, without the slightest hint of an accent.

Bagatelels vivace at on the quarter note, this technically challenging movement in the key of concert F Major G starts finnzi with a bang and builds all the way from the finzu end of the clarinet up to an altissimo G in just the first 6 measures! Plenty of accidentals, dynamics, and varied articulations will keep you on your toes. Off to concert Db major again and back off on the happy fugue in the upper clarion register. You may expect this movement to end with a bang, much as it started, but Finzi does quite the opposite.

Music Spotlight: “Five Bagatelles” by Gerald Finzi – Clarinet Music Shopper

The final eight bars are like a long diminuendo, starting at ff f and working all the way baagatelles to an almost cute ending at ppp. The Five Bagatelles, Op.

The movements all stand alone as fine solo works. If you have not yet done yourself the favor of working on this beautiful art, buy yourself a copy today and get practicing! I have to be honest here. I have no idea what a lot of what you said on your home page means. I am completely musically illiterate.

While I love music, I am completely ignorant of the inner workings and structure. I do however, have a 16 year old grandson who bagatellea understand every thing you said. Your passion and knowledge combined will be an asset to those seeking your niche. I might have since he did right some violin pieces.

Gerald Finzi

Bagayelles played the violin for seven years and the flute for 4 years. Never the clarinet though. Your email address will not be published. Five Bagatelles is a wonderful work with five contrasting movements: Fughetta Approximate duration is 14 minutes. Composed by Gerald Finzi For Clarinet, Piano Clarinet.

Set of performance parts. Preparing for an Audition. Do yourself a favor and listen to some of his work!

He was an amazing British composer. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.