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Five Bagatelles, Op. 23 (score, clarinet part, & audio)

Composer: Gerald Finzi

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

$23.00

Movement/Section Duration: 15.5
I. Prelude 3.75
II. Romance 4.5
III. Carol 2
IV. Forlana 3
V. Fughetta 2.25
  • This edition consists of a piano score and solo clarinet part.  Also included is a unique code for online access to audio of the piano accompaniment and a full performance, recorded by Todd Levy and Jeannie Yu.

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    Gerald Raphael Finzi (1901 – 1956) was an English composer.  In 1938, he wrote three pieces that would eventually become the Five Bagatelles.  After adding a fourth piece by January 1942, they were first performed on January 15, 1943 by Pauline Juler and Howard Ferguson in the National Gallery, London, England.  Later discussion with publisher Leslie Boosey (of Boosey & Hawkes) resulted in an additional final movement, and it was premiered by Juler and Ferguson in its full form at the same location in February 1944.  This edition was published in 2012.  

    Although within the reach of amateurs and developing clarinettists, the fine crafting of phrases, touches of fugal writing, and numerous modulations make the Bagatelles rewarding for seasoned performers.  The work presents a particularly effective mixture of folk-like melodies and brilliant, dance-like material, and its movements could be programmed individually.

    Quick facts
    Range: highest pitch = written G6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭, 1♯, 2♯, 1♭, 2♭, 3♭
    Time signature: 3/2, 4/4, 3/4, 6/4, 6/8, 9/8

    The Five Bagatelles are discussed in Albert Rice's book, Notes for Clarinetists: A Guide to the Repertoire, and interpretation suggestions are provided by David Campbell in The Clarinet magazine, Volume 26 No. 3.

    A preface provides a biography of the composer and background information about the work's origins.  The score is in concert pitch.

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  • Pages: 7

    Pages (score): 20


    Publisher Code: M051106561

    UPC: 884088636715

    ISBN: 9781458422187

    ISMN: 9790051106561


    Length: 30.3 cm

    Width: 22.9 cm

    Thickness: 0.269 cm


    Weight: 146 g