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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Ralph Vaughan Willimas
Ralph Vaughan Williams was an outstanding 20th-century composer, and one of a handful of British composers whose achievement ranks equal in genius with that of Henry Purcell. Drawing on the rich treasury of national folk song and dance, he created a uniquely English style that is also universal in its range of appeal.

 

Many of his most popular works in the Stainer & Bell catalogue reflect this lifelong interest in the music of the people. The Five English Folk Songs for SATB chorus, for example, and the Six Studies in English Folk Song, have been firmly established in the repertoire of singers and instrumentalists for many years. Another favourite, the Fantasia on Christmas Carols, derived from his reforming work as editor of the English Hymnal. In both A Sea Symphony and A London Symphony, the folk song essence is transformed into visionary, transcendental statements of a kind also found in Toward the Unknown Region, for chorus and orchestra, and the Five Mystical Songs, for solo baritone, chorus and orchestra.

 

Much influenced by the legacy of the Tudors, Vaughan Williams paid homage to the English Renaissance tradition of viol consort music in his Phantasy Quintet, worthy to stand with the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis as emblem of his gift for fusing past and present in a powerfully arresting identity.

 

First published in 2011, A Cambridge Mass of 1899 is a major score written by Vaughan Williams for the Cambridge degree of Doctor of Music. Lasting 45 minutes, it sets the Credo, Sanctus, Hosanna and Benedictus for SATB soloists, double choir and orchestra, with an orchestral Offertorium. In the words of Michael Kennedy ‘it really is amazingly good, and there are many signs of the great composer who was to emerge.’ Never performed, the work has been edited by Alan Tongue from the composer’s original manuscript preserved at Cambridge University Library. The Bach Choir with the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra gave the world premiere with Alan Tongue conducting at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on 3 March 2011.

 

Titles by Vaughan Williams published by Stainer & Bell

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Choral | Orchestral | Woodwind | Brass | Strings | Piano | Organ | From the Archives

Choral

A Cambridge Mass.  [42'] SATB soloists, double chorus (SATB) with orchestra

Orchestration: two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets (in B flat and A), two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets in F, three trombones, tuba, timpani, organ and strings 10.10.8.8.6.

Vocal Score with Piano (Ref. D99)
Study Score (Ref. D100)

Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL399)

Call, The. SATB and Piano or Organ. Arr. Allen Percival (Ref. W127)

Come away, death. SSATB (Ref. CL13)

Dark Eyed Sailor, The. SATB (Ref. W84)

Down in yon forest. SATB or Unison (or Solo) and Piano (Ref. CH106)
English Folk Songs, Five.
SATB (Ref. D53)
Fantasia on Christmas Carols. [10'] Solo baritone, SATB or TTBB, organ and strings with optional wind and percussion
Orchestration: organ and strings with optional 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle and bells
SATB Vocal Score with Piano (Ref. D55)
TTBB Chorus Part (Ref. W41)
Solo Cello Part for optional use with D55 or W41 (Ref. H212)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL215)
Farmer's Boy, The. TTBB (Ref. MV78)

The Garden of Proserpine. [24'30''] Solo soprano, chorus and orchestra [more information]

Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, harp and strings 8.8.6.6.4.

Vocal Score with Piano (Ref. D101)

Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL401)

Hundredth Psalm, The (O be joyful in the Lord). [9'] SATB and orchestra (or piano)

Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, tenor trombone, timpani, cymbals, organ and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. D50)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL219)
Just as the tide was flowing. SATB (Ref. W86)
Let all the world in every corner sing. (Antiphon)
SATB and Piano or Organ (Ref. W88) [PDF]
Unison and Piano or Organ (Ref. CC602) [PDF]
Loch Lomond.
SSATB (Ref. CL262)
TTBarBB (Ref. MV79)
Love is a sickness. SATB (Ref. CL97)
Lover's Ghost, The. SATB (Ref. CL131)
Mystical Songs, Five. [17'] Solo baritone and SATB or TTBB with full orchestra OR string orchestra and piano OR string quartet and piano
Orchestration (full orchestra): 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, harp and strings
SATB Vocal Score (Ref. D52)
SATB Chorus Part (Ref. D51)
TTBB Chorus Part (Ref. W184)
Full Orchestra. Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL216)
String Orchestra and Piano (strings 4.4.3.3.2). Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL216A)
String Quartet and Piano. Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL216B)
O be joyful in the Lord. [9'] SATB and orchestra (or organ)
Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, tenor trombone, timpani, cymbals, organ and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. D50)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL219)
O clap your hands. [3'] SATB and organ with optional brass and percussion OR full orchestra
Orchestration (optional brass): 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals and organ
Orchestration (full orchestra): 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. CC222)
Brass, Percussion and Organ. Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL220)
Full Orchestra. Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL221)
O mistress mine. SATB (Ref. 20764)
On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol). SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH105)
O Praise the Lord of Heaven. Two SATB choirs (Ref. W220)
Sea Symphony, A (Symphony No. 1). [63'] S and Ba solo, SATB and orchestra.
Orchestration: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, clarinet (E flat), bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, 2 harps, organ and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. D47)
Study Score (Ref. D46)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL222)
Seeds of Love, The. T and B Solo and TTBB (Ref. W24)
Springtime of the year, The. SATB (Ref. W85)
Sussex Carol. SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH105)
Sweet Day, A.
SATB (Ref. 20766)
SSA (Ref. 20765)
This is the truth sent from above. SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH107)
Toward the Unknown Region. [14'] SATB and orchestra
Orchestration: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 harps, organ and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. D49)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL223)
Traditional English Carols, Eight. SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH104) [PDF]
Truth sent from above, This is the. SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH107)
Wassail Song, The. SATB (Ref. CL132)
Wassail Song, The (Yorkshire). SATB or Unison (or Solo) with Piano (Ref. CH108)
Willow Song, The. SATB (Ref. W138)
Willow Song, The. SSA (Ref. 20767)
Willow-Wood. [14'] Cantata for baritone solo, soprano and alto chorus (ad lib) and orchestra
Orchestration: 2 flutes, oboe, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, trumpet, 3 trombones, harp and strings
Vocal Score (Ref. D90) [PDF]
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL372)

Orchestral

Charterhouse Suite, The. Arr. for orchestra by James Brown in collaboration with the composer. [18']
Orchestration: flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani, percussion (1) and strings
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL214)
London Symphony, A. (Symphony No. 2). Revised Edition. [46']
Orchestration: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2), glockenspiel, harp and strings
Full Score. Hardback (Ref. B628)
Full Score. Paperback (Ref. H149Z)
Study Score (Ref. D45)
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL218)
London Symphony, A. (Symphony No. 2). 1913 version. [62']
Orchestration: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 cornets in Bb, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (2), harp and strings
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL357)
Studies in English Folk Song, Six. Arr. solo instrument and orchestra. [9'] (see Brass, Woodwind and Strings below for solo part)
Orchestration: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, harp (or piano) and strings
Full Score and Instrumental Material (excluding solo part) (Rental Ref. HL301)
Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes, Two: Rhosymedre; Hyfrydol. Arr. Arnold Foster for orchestra. [4'/3']
Orchestration: strings with optional 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and timpani
Full Score and Instrumental Material (Rental Ref. HL297)

Woodwind

Charterhouse Suite. Arr.Wind Quintet. Score and Parts (Ref. AC31)
Preludes on the Hymn Tune Rhosymedre. Arr. Four Recorders (Ref. H155)
Studies in English Folk Song, Six.
Bassethorn (Ref. H327)
Bassoon (Ref. H164)
Clarinet (Ref. H51)
Cor Anglais (Ref. H166)
Saxophone in E flat (Ref. H173)
Piano Accompaniment for any of the above (Ref. H47)
Studies in English Folk Song, Six. Arr. Robert Stanton for Cor Anglais and Strings. Score, Cor Anglais and one of each String Part (Ref. H176)

Brass

Prelude on the Hymn Tune Rhosymedre. Arr. Paul Hindmarsh for Brass Band (Ref. Y295)

Studies in English Folk Song, Six.
Tuba (Ref. H174)
Piano Accompaniment (Ref. H47)

Strings

Charterhouse Suite, Three Pieces from. Arr. John Kemp forGuitar (Ref. H177)
Phantasy Quintet.
Score and String Parts (Ref. H61)
Studies in English Folk Song, Six.
Cello (Ref. H50)
Viola (Ref. H49)
Violin (Ref. H48)
Piano Accompaniment for any of the above (Ref. H47)

Piano

Birthday Gifts. Three Short Pieces for Piano (Ref. H361)
Charterhouse Suite. Six Short Pieces for Piano (Ref. H25)
Prelude on the Hymn Tune Rhosymedre. Arr. Bryan Kelly for Piano Solo (Ref. H465)
Prelude on the Hymn Tune Rhosymedre. Arr. Reginald Hadfield for Piano Duet (Ref. H287)

Organ

Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes, Three: Bryn Calfaria; Rhosymedre; Hyfrydol. Organ (Ref. MO31)

From the Archives...

The following titles by Vaughan Williams are not in our current sales catalogue, but are available to special order as authorised photocopies through our archive library. They are now available through our online shop.


Antiphon. Arr. Henry G. Ley for Organ (Ref. 35202)
The Call. Arr. Herbert Byard for Organ (Ref. 49985) (An organ arrangement of this piece by John Norris is published in 'Wedding Gala')
Down among the Dead Men. Arr. TTBB (Ref. 35201) (not to USA)
Down in yon Forest. Arr. E. Harold Geer for S Solo and SAA. (Ref. 41398)
Three Elizabethan Part Songs. Arr. SSA. Sweet Day and Willow Song in print. O mistress Mine. SSA (Ref. 44014)
A Farmer's Son so Sweet. SSATBarB (Ref. 42561)
High Germany. TBarTBarB (Ref. 41052)
'Largo Sostenuto' from A Sea Symphony. Arr. Henry G. Ley for Organ (Ref. 49986)
A London Symphony. Arr. Archibald Jacob for Piano Duet (Ref. 35192)
A London Symphony. Arr. Vally Lasker for Piano Solo (Ref. 37040)
A London Symphony. Slow Movement. Arr. Henry G. Ley for Organ (Ref. 35200)

The Mermaid. (Old song arr. Vaughan Williams). Voice (or voices in unison) and Piano (Ref. 53870)
On Christmas Night. Arr. E. Harold Geer for Unison or SSAA (Ref. 51992)
Three Preludes for Organ. Arr. Leslie Russell for two pianos (Ref. 35212) (one copy)
The Truth Sent from Above. Arr. Don Malin for SSAATTBB (Ref. 41522)
Wassail Song. Arr. H. W. Pierce for TTBB (Ref. 43679)

 



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