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Suite for viola and orchestra (pianoforte)

Viola and orchestra
Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Reduction for viola and piano. 68 pages. Duration 23'. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193694057).

Item Number: OU.9780193694057
ISBN 9780193694057. 12 x 9 inches.

The work is divided into three self-contained groups of two to three pieces each, and reflects the composer's pleasure in writing an English style of music by evoking, in this case, the forms of song and dance popular in the England of his youth.

  • 1. Prelude  Composed by Group 1
  • 2. Carol 
  • 3. Christmas Dance 
  • 1. Ballad  Composed by Group 2
  • 2. Moto Perpetuo 
  • 1. Musette  Composed by Group 3
  • 2. Polka Melancolique 
  • 3. Galop 
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  • 5

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  • February 05, 2012 a 'viola friendly' piece

    whether or not vaughan williams 'knew' or played the viola this piece sits very easily under the fingers and has many of the vw trademarks (think lark ascending) . I have only recently got it and have not had a chance to play yet with piano but it would suit someone...

    who is quite fluent in the viola and wants a a challenge of post classical piece not as challenging as , say, the late brahms sonatas

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  • 5

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  • February 09, 2006 To all the violists out there:

    First performed in 1934 in London, this fabulous work in the solo viola repertoire clearly exemplifies the beauty of Vaughan Williams’ compositional style. With everything from quiet lyricism to wild and virtuosic agitation portrayed in these 8 movements, it is a marvellous tool for violists to carve with. As Vaughan...

    Williams remaked to a friend in 1933: "My viola suite is not finished - I do not know if it ever will be." Truly this is a piece worthy to explored, and vioists deserve to be utterly absorbed as they chart their path through this fantastic musical wonderland. The Royal Conservatory of Music rates this repertoire at the Grade 10 level.

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