Five English Folk Songs

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Evan Feldman)

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General Info

Year: 1913 / 2009
Duration: c. 12:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Unaccompanied chorus
Publisher: Tierolff-Muziekcentrale
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €151.95   |   Score Only (print) - €29.00


1. The Dark Eyed Sailor
2. The Spring Time of the Year
3. Just as the Tide Was Flowing
4. The Lover's Ghost (or Well Met, My Own True Love)
5. Wassail Song


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II optional)
Bassoon I-II (II optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ralph Vaughan Williams is part of a great tradition of British composers who transcribed melodies from the vast oral tradition of folk music, and then incorporated these tunes into their classical works. Written in 1913, ten years before his Folk Song Suite for band, Five English Folk Songs is a staple of the choral repertoire, now in a new transcription for band that includes all five movements: The Dark Eyed Sailor, The Spring Time of the Year, Just as the Tide was Flowing, The Lover’s Ghost and Wassail Song. Colorful scoring allows the band to shine in tutti and chamber textures, and generous cross-cueing provides options for soloists.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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