Gerald Finzi: Romance in E flat
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Alan Titchmarsh's Great British Discovery
40. Gerald Finzi: Romance in E flat
After losing his music teacher Ernest Farrar as well as his father and three of his brothers during his formative years, Finzi settled in Wiltshire, where he devoted himself to composing and apple-growing. His sadness and a profound love of the English countryside are evident in this short but beautiful piece written in 1928, reminiscent of Elgar at his most rapturous - and deeply touching.