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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

General Info

Year: 1939
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Military Band
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $21.50   |   Score Only - $20.95


Full Score
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet Solo
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contralto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (bass)
Percussion, 1-2 players, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, 3 after reh. D, beat 1: Should be a half note G (not a quartet note), just like the measure at reh. D

Program Notes

This short work (only about 90 seconds long) was scored for military band with numerous clarinets, cornets, saxophones, euphoniums and timpani. Having been written as an overture to a pageant in the Royal Albert Hall, the score was then lost -- only to reappear in 1971. Upon its discovery the work was adapted twice by Roy Douglas -- first for brass band and then for symphony orchestra. The orchestral version is scored for wind instruments, together with double basses, timpani and percussion. This version had its first performance by the Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra in 1974. The original and the adaptations have all been published by Oxford University Press, although no recordings are known.

- Program Note by Steve Schwartz

Ralph Vaughan Williams, a highly respected English composer, wrote some of the earliest works for twentieth-century concert band, with many of his pieces considered pillars of band literature. Flourish for Wind Band was written as an overture to the pageant Music and the People performed in the Royal Albert Hall in 1939. The score was then lost, only to reappear in 1971. It was not made available to American bands until it was published in 1972. Flourish for Wind Band followed on the heels of Vaughan Williams’ great masterworks for band, English Folk Song Suite and Toccata Marziale, and is significant, in part, because it is a relatively easy work (grade 3), by a composer of high stature and skill.

- Program Note by the Creekside Middle School Wind Symphony concert program, 20 December 2013


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: III
  • Georgia: III
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: II, IV, V
  • Maryland: III
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Mississippi: 5-A
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: IV and V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor) - 22 November 2021
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, Minn.) Wind Orchestra (Jonathan Listul, conductor) - 6 November 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) University Band (Shaylee Croxall, conductor) - 6 April 2021
  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.) Symphonic Band (Jennifer Whyte, conductor) - 20 March 2021
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 17 February 2021
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band "L1" (Frederick Speck, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus Band (Onsby C. Rose, conductor) - 21 November 2020
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon Williams, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Central DeWitt (Iowa) High School Concert Band (Josh Greubel, conductor) – 9 March 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Concert Band (Adam Friedrich, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase Honor Band (Robert Meunier, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • Kings County Concert Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Skidmore Community Concert Band (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) (Milton Lee, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Marietta (Ohio) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Schletter, conductor) – 20 November 2919
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Concert Band (Allegra Fisher, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 20 October 2019
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 19 October 2019
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 9 September 2019
  • Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisc.) Concert Band (James Ripley, conductor) – 17 May 2019
  • Smoky Hill High School (Aurora, Colo.) Symphonic Winds (Zak Ruffert, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • High School Concert Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 1 August 1986

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 319-325.