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Fantasia on Greensleeves

Adapted from the opera Sir John in Love

By Setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Concert Band - Grade 4
Adapted from the opera Sir John in Love. Composed by Setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Arranged by Douglas E. Wagner. Concert Band; Masterworks; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Pop Symphonic Band. Form: Fantasia; Transcription. 20th Century; Christmas; Masterwork Arrangement; Sacred; Winter. Part(s); Score. 162 pages. Alfred Music #00-35418. Published by Alfred Music (AP.35418).

Item Number: AP.35418

English. Setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Most recently used as a part of the royal wedding service, this arrangement is certain to add an inviting, lush selection to your winter program that will warm the hearts of all! Douglas Wagner's cherished new rendition of this time-honored classic is sure to be a welcomed addition to the standard holiday repertoire.

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  • 4

    John Holland
    London, United Kingdom
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  • February 12, 2013 Trickier than it looks...

    Despite this being an absolute English classic, there are several things that are misleading about the arrangement: 1) It would have been good to have the option of including a harp/piano part, as the original, as I believe it loses a lot of character with its absence. 2) The...

    arrangement is really quite difficult to play in terms of tuning and balance - the opening melody, starting on a high G in the flutes/piccolo (ouch) and the middle section where the counter-melody engulfs the second tune are just a couple of examples. If you're in a hurry to perform this particular arrangement, go ahead, there aren't many more options, but if you want the real deal, a proper orchestral transcription will need to be created.

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