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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 
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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Other Vaughan Williams pieces on request or in preparation:

The Peoples Land , 1 and 2
Overture (from the "Wasps", Aristophonic Suite)
Norfolk Rhapsody, No. 1
The Poisoned Kiss
Prelude on an old Carol Tune
Eventide