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Harnham Down

Harnham Down

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 17/10/2013

This study score marks the first publication of a previously little-known early work for chamber orchestra by Vaughan Williams. He started composing Harnham Down in 1904, completing the work in 1907. Over four decades later Vaughan Williams recalled the main theme of the work in his Oxford Elegy, which sets the Matthew Arnold poem (he Scholar Gypsy) that was prefaced in the original score to Harnham Down. The score has been edited by James Francis Brown and includes an introduction by the editor.

The Solent

The Solent

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 17/10/2013

Marking the first publication of an early work for chamber orchestra, this study score presents Vaughan Williams's The Solent, composed in 1903. The main theme from this work will be recognisable to many listeners, as it later found its way into both the Sea Symphony and the Ninth Symphony, albeit in a somewhat altered form. This duplication has intrigued many Vaughan Williams' scholars, as has the Philip Marston quotation that prefaces the scores: 'Passion and sorrow in the deep sea's voice, A mighty mystery saddening all the wind?'. The score has been edited by James Francis Brown and includes an introduction by the editor. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental form the hire library or appropriate agent.

Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra

Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 13/12/2012

The Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra was composed in 1953-4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the LSO and was written for the orchestra's principal tuba player, Philip Catelinet. It was the first major concerto to be written for the instrument, and remains today the outstanding work of its kind. This new edition is based on all extant sources and contains full textual notes and a discussion of the editorial method. Notable additions are the inclusion of two sets of phrasing for the Romanza-one from the first publication, largely influenced by Catelinet, and the other from Vaughan Williams's manuscript-and the original cadenza to the first movement. The arrangement for tuba and piano has been updated in light of the research carried out by David Matthews, and all orchestral parts have been revised.

Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra

Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 06/12/2012

The Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra was composed in 1953-4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the LSO and was written for the orchestra's principal tuba player, Philip Catelinet. It was the first major concerto to be written for the instrument, and remains today the outstanding work of its kind. This new edition is based on all extant sources and contains full textual notes and a discussion of the editorial method. Notable additions are the inclusion of two sets of phrasing for the Romanza-one from the first publication, largely influenced by Catelinet, and the other from Vaughan Williams's manuscript-and the original cadenza to the first movement. The arrangement for tuba and piano has been updated in light of the research carried out by David Matthews, and all orchestral parts have been revised.

Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No. 7)

Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No. 7)

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 06/09/2012

for soprano solo, SSA chorus, and full orchestra This new edition of Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 7, the Sinfonia Antartica, has been prepared by David Matthews with support from the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. The work was drawn from the music Vaughan Williams provided for the film Scott of the Antarctic in 1947 and was completed in 1952. In it the composer skilfully evokes the sparse beauty and grandeur of the landscape with a large orchestra and percussion section, including - famously - a wind machine, to create a work of great power and intensity. This new edition contains an introduction and textual commentary and is published as a full score, study score, and women's chorus, with all performing material on hire.

Fantasia for piano and orchestra

Fantasia for piano and orchestra

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 16/08/2012

Vaughan Williams began this work - his earliest known piece for a solo instrument with orchestra - in 1896, shortly after returning to the Royal College of Music to study composition with Stanford, and completed it in 1904. After his death, the manuscript was donated to the British Library, and it was here that the pianist Mark Bebbington rediscovered it in 2010, subsequently recording it for Somm Records. The work shows influences of late nineteenth-century composers, but also hallmarks of Vaughan Williams's later style and maturity. As such, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the composer's development, as well as being a powerful work in its own right. This is its first publication; a reduction for two pianos is also available on sale. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Fantasia for piano and orchestra

Fantasia for piano and orchestra

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 16/08/2012

Vaughan Williams began this work - his earliest known piece for a solo instrument with orchestra - in 1896, shortly after returning to the Royal College of Music to study composition with Stanford, and completed it in 1904. After his death, the manuscript was donated to the British Library, and it was here that the pianist Mark Bebbington rediscovered it in 2010, subsequently recording it for Somm Records. The work shows influences of late nineteenth-century composers, but also hallmarks of Vaughan Williams's later style and maturity. As such, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the composer's development, as well as being a powerful work in its own right. This is its first publication; a study score of the orchestral version is also available on sale. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Serenade in A minor (1898)

Serenade in A minor (1898)

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 26/07/2012

This is the first publication of Vaughan Williams's earliest substantial work for orchestra, composed 1897-8 and premiered in April 1901. This attractive work already shows evidence of the composer's emerging musical style and sure grasp of orchestral techniques. Its five movements display much variety and sense of overall architecture, with a sombre opening Prelude, a fleet-footed Scherzo, a graceful Intermezzo and Trio, a delicate Romance, and a boisterous Finale. This new edition has been carefully prepared from the original manuscript by Julian Rushton and comes with full textual commentary. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Bucolic Suite

Bucolic Suite

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 26/07/2012

This is the first publication of this early work for orchestra, which was completed in November 1900 and first performed by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in March 1902. This attractive work is cast in four movements - Allegro, Andante, Intermezzo, Finale - and already shows evidence of the composer's emerging musical style and sure grasp of orchestral techniques. This new edition has been carefully prepared from the original manuscript by Julian Rushton and comes with full textual commentary. This publication will be welcomed by all aficionados of Vaughan Williams's music. Orchestral material is available on hire.

Symphony No. 6 in E minor

Symphony No. 6 in E minor

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 24/05/2012

Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony was composed immediately after the Second World War and its dramatic and at times violent musical language was long felt to be a comment on that conflict (though the composer denied it had any programmatic intent). Its power and invention were immediately recognized and it has remained part of the concert repertoire ever since. For this newly engraved edition, editor David Lloyd-Jones has consulted all extant sources and materials to create a score matching the composer's intentions. The full score is completed with Textual Notes and Preface, and accompanying orchestral parts are available on hire.

Symphony No. 6

Symphony No. 6

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 17/05/2012

Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony was composed immediately after the Second World War and its dramatic and at times violent musical language was long felt to be a comment on that conflict (though the composer denied it had any programmatic intent). Its power and invention were immediately recognized and it has remained part of the concert repertoire ever since. For this newly engraved edition, editor David Lloyd-Jones has consulted all extant sources and materials to create a score matching the composer's intentions. Fully compatible orchestral parts are available on hire.

The Singers

The Singers

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 25/02/2010

for unison voices and piano The central piece in Three Children's Songs, this setting of words by Frances Farrer is charming and lively. Having sung about the various professions to be pursued by their peers, the young choir proclaim their love of singing in a joyful chorus.

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 5

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 27/08/2009

Despite having been composed in the years 1938-43 when Europe was ravaged by war, this work radiates peace and serenity. It marks the peak of the lyrical modalism of works such as the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), Flos Campi (1925), and Job (1931). Although it is not a programme symphony, it draws heavily on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress for inspiration, featuring several themes that were sketched for (and eventually used in) Vaughan Williamsas 1951 opera. In addition, Bunyan's words 'He hath given me rest by his sorrow and life by his death' were originally inscribed over the third movement. This idea of strength drawn from religion must have been especially potent when Vaughan Williams conducted the premiere of the work at the Proms in 1943, during the dark days of the Second World War. The ending in particular has a sense of rising above all worldly concerns into a higher spiritual plane. This edition contains a preface on the history of the work by Michael Kennedy. Orchestral parts are available on hire.

O My Dear Heart

O My Dear Heart

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 14/05/2009

for SSSAAA unaccompanied Published for the very first time, this is a beautiful arrangement of the old German tune 'Lasst uns das Kindlein Wiegan', setting words adapted from an old Scots poem by Ursula Wood. With flowing contrapuntal lines and characteristic harmonies, O my dear heart will be popular with all upper-voice choirs.

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 5

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams Format: Sheet music Release Date: 03/07/2008

Despite having been composed in the years 1938-43 when Europe was ravaged by war, this work radiates peace and serenity. It marks the peak of the lyrical modalism of works such as the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), Flos Campi (1925), and Job (1931). Although it is not a programme symphony, it draws heavily on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress for inspiration, featuring several themes that were sketched for (and eventually used in) Vaughan Williams's 1951 opera. In addition, Bunyan's words 'He hath given me rest by his sorrow and life by his death' were originally inscribed over the third movement. This idea of strength drawn from religion must have been especially potent when Vaughan Williams conducted the premiere of the work at the Proms in 1943, during the dark days of the Second World War. The ending in particular has a sense of rising above all worldly concerns into a higher spiritual plane. This edition contains an introduction by Michael Kennedy and textual notes. Orchestral parts are available on hire.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jon Ceander Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008