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Scores of song cycles by Gerald Finzi owned by John Carol Case

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MS. Mus. c.778

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Mainly published scores previously owned by John Carol Case and annotated by him. The piano parts are possibly annotated by Daphne Ibbott with whom the singer worked. The collection includes:

  1. [ To a poet, op. 13a]. 5 songs from a set of 6 songs for low voice and piano, numbered differently to the published version: 1. "On parent knees" (published as no. 2), 2. "The birthnight" (published as no. 4), 3. "Intrada" (published as no. 3), 4. "Ode on the rejection of Saint Cecilia" (published as no. 6), 5. "To a poet" (published as no. 1). "June on Castle Hill" (published as no. 5) is not present). Individual dyeline copies of scores in the composer's hand; words to the "On parent knees" are not in G. Finzi's hand. "The birthnight is dated 1956; "Ode on the rejection of Saint Cecilia" is dated 1948.
  2. Earth and air and rain: ten songs for baritone and piano [words by Thomas Hardy; op. 15] (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1936).
  3. Before and after summer: ten songs for baritone and piano [words by Thomas Hardy, op. 16] (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1949).
  4. Let us garlands bring: five Shakespeare songs [op. 18] (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1942). With inscription 'To John Carol Case ... from Gerald Finzi, ... 1951'.
  5. 'I said to Love: six songs for low voice and piano' [words by Thomas Hardy, op. 19b]. Bound dyeline copy of score in the hand of Howard Ferguson dated Nov 1956.
  6. I said to Love: six songs for low voice and piano [words by Thomas Hardy, op. 19b] (London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1958). Copy with inscription 'with our gratitude [from] Joy, Christopher [and] Nigel [Finzi]', dated 27 Jan 1957.


  • Creation: 1936-1958, n.d.


1 box (6 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. c.778

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CMD ID 15676


Scores of Gerald Finzi's song cycles owned and annotated by John Carol Case, 1936-1958.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald Finzi (1901–1956) was a British composer and founder of the Newbury String Players. For details of his life and work see Oxford Music Online.

John Carol Case (1923–2012) was a British baritone, specialising in oratorio and lieder. He was renown for the role of Christ in J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion and performances of works by Vaughan Williams and Elgar. Having retired from the concert platform in 1976, he devoted his career to teaching, most notably at the Royal Academy of Music, who made him an honorary member. Case also served as a music editor for Oxford University Press, a National Music Advisor to the Townswomen's Guilds, and has several compositions to his name. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE for his services to music. His close working relationship with Gerald Finzi resulted in premieres of the composer's several song cycles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bob Wardell through the Finzi Trust, 14 March 2014.

Related Materials

The Bodleian holds a significant collection of Finzi material. Please refer to the Library's catalogues.

Catalogue of mainly published song cycles by Gerald Finzi and annotated by John Carol Case, 1936-1958, n.d.
Margaret Czepiel
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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom