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Williams - English Folk Song Suite - Complete (arr. for Wind Quintet)

By Ralph Vaughan Williams

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Woodwind Quintet, Horn in F - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Arranged by Lin Y. E. 20th Century. Individual Part, Score, Set of Parts. 57 pages. Published by Lin Yizhi Ernest (S0.65107).

Item Number: S0.65107

English Folk Song Suite, written in 1923 by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, is one of the most famous and best-loved works for military band. It remains one of the few works for military band to be arranged for full orchestra. The orchestral arrangement was done by Vaughan Williams' student Gordon Jacob in 1924.Movement 1: March "Seventeen come Sunday"Movement 2: Intermezzo "My Bonny Boy"Movement 3: Folk Songs from Somerset

Movement 1 contains three folk songs: "Seventeen come Sunday", "Pretty Caroline" and "Dives and Lazarus".

Movement 2 contains two folk songs: "My Bonny Boy" and "Green Bushes". The solo oboe plays the My Bonny Boy melody.

Movement 3 contains these folk songs: "Blow Away the Morning Dew", "High Germany", "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle", and "John Barleycorn".

 English Folk Song Suite is a joy to perform, whether in an orchestra, band or wind quintet. In this Wind Quintet arrangement, English Folk Song Suite remains light-hearted, jovial and delightful. Musical ideas and expression are accessible and joyful. Enjoy this arrangement ofr Wind Quintet!

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  • 5

    Miller Denning
    Piccadilly, UK
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  • 2015-10-15 12:28:55.0 Rare Find!

    Very rarely enough that you come across a wind quintet music that preserves the character and the colours of a piece of music. Often times, arrangers complicate the process of compressing a huge work that it loses the vision of the original composer. It is evident that this arranger has...

    put a lot of thought in this arrangement. Simple, yet elegant. I would recommend Wind Band Directors to purchase this as part of the band program.

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  • 5

    Houston, Texas
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  • 2015-07-28 22:38:17.0 Fabulous!

    After my quintet gave this an initial read-through the horn player - who, by the way, is Director of Bands at a local university - said "send this arranger more money!". It's hard to believe the full flavor of the original is captured so perfectly with just five instruments. This...

    one goes on our 'top ten' list after just one run-through!

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