Dies Natalis

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Dies Natalis (Lat. ‘Birthday’). Cantata, Op.8, by Finzi, for sop. or ten. and str., composed between 1926 and 1939, f.p. 1940. It is in 5 movts., the 1st instrumental, the 2nd a setting of a prose passage from Centuries of Meditations by T. Traherne (1638–74), and the last 3 being settings of Traherne poems.