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for SA and piano This setting of the much-loved English folksong Greensleeves employs sophisticated harmony to adorn the simple yet timeless melody. An SATB version is also available.
for SATB unaccompanied, with opt. organ introduction Despite being composed for the grand event that was the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, this motet is tender and reflective. Setting text from Psalm 34: 8, the composer opens the piece with the quiet beauty of an unaccompanied treble/soprano solo. After this the lower voices are gently introduced in an imitative texture, in which the simplicity of the rhythms and melodic lines creates a sense of peace and stillness. The motet is particularly suited to performance during communion, having being performed at this point in the coronation service. A version for SSA choir is also available.
for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied Vaughan Willliams made numerous arrangements of the old English folk song Greensleeves throughout his career, most notably the Fantasia on 'Greensleeves', based on music from his opera Sir John in Love. This version for mixed choir uses four-part scoring to create a continuously flowing texture, with hushed dynamics and expressive harmonies bringing a sense of timelessness to the setting.
for SATB with organ or piano introduction This motet sets a text from John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, in which Mr Valiant-for-Truth poignantly meditates on the subject of his own approaching death. The work concludes with the protagonist passing into heaven with the choir emulating 'the trumpets [sounding] for him on the other side'. Over a decade later in 1951, Vaughan Williams's operatic adaptation of The Pillgrim's Progress was performed for the first time, reflecting his continued fondness for Bunyan's tale.
Composed for the enthronement of Dr Cosmo Lang as the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1928, much of this striking setting is permeated by emphatically forward-moving crotchets. Tonal exploration adds to this sense of momentum, as does the building of the texture in the opening passage from powerful choral unison to resplendent imitation between SATB Decani and Cantoris voices. Unusually, the piece does not continue to build in intensity throughout but instead gradually takes on a more reflective character, with a soft pianissimo chord bringing it to a restful close. Instrumental parts are available on hire.