Earth and Air and Rain
Earth and Air and Rain is a song cycle for baritone and piano by Gerald Finzi (1901–56). It was composed between 1928 and 1935, and published in 1936 as his Op. 15. It consists of settings of ten poems by Thomas Hardy (1840–1928).
- "Summer Schemes"
- "When I Set Out for Lyonnesse"
- "Waiting Both"
- "The Phantom"
- "So I Have Fared"
- "To Lizbie Browne"
- "The Clock of the Years"
- "In a Churchyard"
- "Proud Songsters"
The title of the cycle is taken from "Proud Songsters":
These are brand-new birds of twelve-months' growing,
Which a year ago, or less than twain,
No finches were, nor nightingales,
But only particles of grain,
And earth, and air, and rain.
The music critic Stephen Banfield has written, "in some ways this is Finzi’s richest score". The cycle contains two of Finzi’s best-known songs in "Rollicum-Rorum" and "To Lizbie Browne"; which the composer himself described as "the two worst in the set" - "an opinion which says more about Finzi’s introvert character than his artistic judgement".
- "Finzi, Gerald: Earth and Air and Rain". Boosey & Hawkes. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- Gerald Finzi: Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15 at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- "Earth and Air and Rain: Song Cycle by Gerald Finzi (1901–1956)". recmusic.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.