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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Jay Bocook)


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General Info

Year: 1910 / 2006
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This piece combines the simple, elegant thematic material of Elizabethan church composer Thomas Tallis, expanded and modernized through the luxurious harmonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams. A setting for band was long overdue, and Jay Bocook does a masterful job of transforming the original work for string orchestra into a magnificent setting for winds. Fantasia was used to great effect in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

- Program Note by publisher


Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, also known as the Tallis Fantasia, is a work for string orchestra by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was composed in 1910 and performed for the first time in September of that year at Gloucester Cathedral for the Three Choirs Festival. Vaughan Williams himself conducted, and the composition proved to be a major success. He revised the work twice, in 1913 and 1919.

The work takes its name from the original composer of the melody, Thomas Tallis (c.1505–1585). Many of Vaughan Williams' works are associated with or inspired by the music of the English Renaissance.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: IV


Performances

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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Cassandra Bechard, conductor) – 29 October 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 1 May 2016
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • Peoria Unified School District Honor Band - 15 January 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References

None discovered thus far.