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Choral Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on Christmas Carols - A BEST SELLER
SATB, Solo Baritone, Piano, or Organ & Strings, or Orchestra / “Here is another Christmas classic which dates from 1912. It is a suite of four carols connected together (8½ minutes in duration) that has a lovely medieval feeling. The baritone solo is very prominent and the chorus weaves a beautiful tapestry of sound around the solo. Classic Vaughan Williams, not difficult...” —The American Organist / Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bells (ad lib.), percussion, organ and strings / 8:30 / 392-03015
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Five Sea Songs
SATB (or unison) with optional solos, Piano / From the master of 20th-century English choral writing come these settings of songs of the salty air. / “This collection of five shanties is perfect for the high school choir. The pieces call for soloists, but they could also be sung by a small group. Complete notes are included.” —The Choral Room (Spectrum Music) / 12:00 / 392-03002

Let All the World In Every Corner Sing - A BEST SELLER
SATB, Piano or Orchestra / “...noble music, rich in English tradition, is Vaughan Williams at his best. Our high school singers deserve the opportunity to sing music of this quality. It is certainly not beyond the difficulty level of a good school choir...This music will uplift you and your singers.” —Pennsylvania Music Educators Assoc. News
/ 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings / 3:00 / 392-03023 BUY / NEW BRASS ACCOMPANIMENT: brass quintet, organ, timpani, arranged by Peter Niedmann BUY

Love is a Sickness
SATB, Unaccompanied / Vaughan Williams pays tribute to the 16th-century madrigalists in this delightful little balletto on the ironies of love. / “ is fine concert fare for your Spring program. Vaughan Williams’ touch is unmistakable.” —Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News / 1:00 / 392-03022

O Clap Your Hands - A BEST SELLER
SATB, Brass, Percussion & Organ, or Orchestra, or Trumpet & Organ, or Organ / This new edition of Vaughan Williams’ most popular anthem contains the original text and a new inclusive option. Instrumental parts for both the original brass and orchestral accompaniments, as well as a
new simplified accompaniment for SOLO TRUMPET & ORGAN by DANIEL PINKHAM, are now available for sale / 2:45 / 392-03044 BUY Choral Part

Toward the Unknown Region - A BEST SELLER
SATB & Orchestra (two orchestra versions) / This sumptuous and magnificent 1906 setting of Walt Whitman's poem "Darest thou now, O soul" established Vaughan Williams' reputation as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. Full Orchestra Version: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 harps, organ and strings Reduced Orchestra Version: 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, 1 harp and strings / 12:00 / Choral Score 392-03093
BUY / Full Score & Parts 392-03093A BUY (Both orchestra versions use the same set of parts.)
LISTEN: YouTube Performance

Two Sea Songs
1. Jack the Sailor
(TTBB with optional piano), 2. We Be Three Poor Mariners (TTB unaccompanied) “Both songs have a rugged masculine quality that many feel is typically English.” —The New York State School Music News / 3:30 / 392-03003

Wassail Song of Gloucestershire - A BEST SELLER
SATB, Unaccompanied / In Merry Olde England the Christmastide wassail bowl has represented friendship, good health, and happiness for more than eight hundred years. Here Vaughan Williams is at his best, capturing the spirit of the season in this joyful, fun-filled setting of the famous tune from his native Gloucestershire. / 3:00 / 392-03017

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Vaughan Williams Biography
Audio on This Page
Vaughan Williams: Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Vaughan Williams: O Clap Your Hands
Vaughan Williams: Wassail Song of Gloucestershire


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