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Associate Member, American Bandmasters Association
Ralph Vaughan Williams is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of ‘Englishness’.   From the RVW Society website.


Ralph Vaughan Williams

Band Directors know Ralph Vaughan Williams especially for his original compositions for band, "English Folk Song Suite", "Toccata Marziale" and "Flourish for Wind Band".  There is a very moving documentary of his life and works presented by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society: 
http://www.rvwsociety.com/biography.html

I am pleased to have the permissions from both Oxford University Press and the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust to create arrangements of RVW's music for Concert/Wind Band usage.  
It is a rare privilege for me to work with the music of such great composers, with the hope that this music will be a lasting legacy for Concert/Wind Bands around the world.  PN 
It is a rare privilege for me to be able to present a first publication of such a prominent musical giant in our history.  I am grateful to The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Oxford University Press and Dr. Peter Horton for their part in making this possible.

England's Pleasant Land (Original  version for Military Band) 
The original version is scored exactly as created by Vaughan Williams: Fl., Ob., Eb Cl., Solo Cl., Ripieno Cl., Cl. 2, 3; Bsn., Alto Sax.; Tenor Sax.; Horn 1, 2; Cornet 1, 2; Trb. 1, 2, 3; Euph.; Tuba 1, 2; Perc.; Voice.                                               Listen          View       17:30 (incl. repeats)   Easy   US$125.00  Purchase
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England's Pleasant Land - arranged for Concert/Wind Band                                                                          The modern arrangement for Concert/Wind Band is scored for: Picc; Fl. 1, 2; Ob. 1, 2; E.H.; Bsn. 1, 2; CBsn.; Eb Cl;, Bb Cl. 1, 2, 3; B. Cl; A. Sax. 1, 2; T. Sax.; B. Sax.; Tpt. 1, 2, 3; Hn. 1, 2; Trb. 1, 2; B. Trb.; Euph.; Tuba 1, 2; St. Bs.; Chimes; Perc.; Optional Voice.  The performance is by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Prof. Stephen Pratt, conductor.               Listen          View       17:30 (incl. repeats)  Easy   US$125.00  Purchase
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England's Pleasant Land was written to accompany a pageant by the same name written by the novelist E. M. Forster. The pageant focused on the 'English countryside, its growth and destruction'.  The two movements included were Vaughan Williams original contribution to the pageant.  The pageant was presented around 1934, and then forgotten - until now.  I hope bands around the world will enjoy presenting this newly found work of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
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Three Portraits from 'The England of Elizabeth'          
                                                                        Listen           View         16:50              Med./Adv.           US$175.00     Purchase
This suite was derived from Vaughan Williams' score for the film, The England of Elizabeth, written in 1955. It was the composer's tenth of his 11 cinematic efforts and designed to serve a more descriptive role than other such scores, since the movie was a documentary featuring no action scenes, but lots of images of paintings, buildings, and the like. Composer Muir Matheson adapted this three-movement suite, probably shortly after the composer's death in 1958, though publication of the manuscript would not come until 1964. The first movement is entitled "Explorer," and refers to Sir Francis Drake. Its music is mostly festive and colorful, but features interior passages of exotic flavor, similar in style to that of Vaughan Williams' then-recent Symphony No. 8. The second movement is entitled "Poet" and, at about seven minutes, is the longest of the three in this 16- to 17-minute work. It also contains probably the score's best music, hardly a surprising result since the poet in question is Shakespeare, one of the composer's favorites and an inspirational springboard for so many other of his works. The mood is mostly subdued and Vaughan Williams presents lovely, if slightly somber music in the opening, and follows it with a hearty, folk-like dance tune. The latter part of this movement depicts Shakespeare as a noble, heroic figure in English history. The last movement, "Queen," is devoted to Queen Elizabeth. It has a regal yet muscular manner at the outset, and features a gentle but somewhat disengaged middle section. It returns to the splendor and color of the opening to close the work. This suite is important because it distills some of the best music from the film into a logically-assembled structure.  Program notes extracted from those of Robert Cummings.
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Prelude: 49th Parallel                              Listen          View       3:25         Med./Easy      US$60.00       Purchase           
Composed in 1941 for the film "49th Parallel - The Invaders", the drama and depth of the music was intended to influence the United States, which was then neutral, to enter the war.  The title relates to the border between the U.S. and Canada.  A complete description can be found at: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49th_Parallel_%28film%29

The power, drama, and technical accessibility of this piece should be one that all bands would take great pride in performing.
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Prelude and Fugue in C Minor           Listen           View       10:30          Adv.            US$150.00      Purchase

Written in 1920-21, the Prelude and Fugue in C Minor was published in 1930, appearing both as an orchestral work and as an organ piece.  The ritornello-form first movement calls to mind the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV546 of J S Bach. The fugue is in A–B–A form and based on a subject whose pentatonic outline seems like an augury of gentle pastoralism; but both movements display a gritty, truculent brand of counterpoint that anticipates the dissonance and fury of Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No 4 in F minor, the composition of which spanned the years 1931–4.  (from notes by Relf Clark © 2009).  The power and drama of this piece is captured in this faithful arrangement for Concert Band.
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Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus             Listen         View       11:20        Med./Adv.    US$150.00      Purchase

Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus is a Concert Band arrangement from the original work for string orchestra and harp by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The composition is based on the folk tune "Dives and Lazarus", one of the folk songs quoted in Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite. The ancient theme on which these variations are based goes back to the sixteenth century, and is known by various titles. Dives and Lazarus is a story told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. It tells of an unnamed rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. In the Latin Bible, the unnamed rich man is referred to as Dives from dives, the Latin word for rich. This work, based on the tune that Vaughan Williams had loved all his life, which came from the very soil of England, ageless and anonymous, was played at the composer’s funeral service in Westminster Abbey on 19th September 1958.
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Toward the Unknown Region                      Listen           View      12:00        Med./Adv.    US$175.00    Purchase     
Performed in concert by the "Stadtmusik Zurich" and "Akademischer Chor Zurich", Niki Wuthrich, Conductor
This magnificent setting of Walt Whitman's poem established Vaughan Williams's reputation as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century.  The idea of a spiritual journey - the passage of the soul from darkness to light, "Toward the Unknown Region" - is central to the text and fully reflected in the music. Beginning softly and simply, the music follows the text of the poem, building through a Wagnerian chromaticism toward a bold and dramatic climax. This was Vaughan Williams's first major choral piece, and its obvious inspirational qualities made it a success from the first.  This arrangement for Concert Band and Chorus adheres to the original orchestration. The choral parts are included in the conductor's score as a reference, but are not part of the download or printed version. The choral parts are available for purchase from Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England (www.stainer.co.uk).
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