Golden Vanity, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (completed and scored by Douglas E Wagner)

General Info

Year: 1933 / 2007
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $67.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Golden Vanity by Ralph Vaughan Williams is a military march that remained unfinished at his death. With the permission of his heirs and assistance from RVW Ltd., Douglas E. Wagner has completed it in a manner consistent with Vaughan Williams' characteristic style.

- Program Note from publisher

The Golden Vanity (a march for military band) was begun by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1933 and remained uncompleted at his death. The two pages of the full score that are currently part of the manuscripts catalogue at the British Library (57288) show the following instrumentation:

Flute and C Piccolo, Solo B Clarinet, B Clarinets 1 and 2, E Alto Saxophone, B Tenor Saxophone, Bassoon, Solo B Cornet, B Cornets 1, 2 and 3, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum and Crash Cymbals).

In setting out to complete this work in the style of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ other march forms, two additional folksongs with similar themes were utilized. Both tunes also exist in arrangements by the composer for voices and piano. The Arethusa is heard in the second strain, with Just as the Tide was Flowing forming the Trio.

The premiere performance of this march was given by the Purdue University Symphonic Band and was conducted by Jay S. Gephart.

- Program Note by arranger


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  • Westerville (Ohio) Concert Band (Larry Klabunde, conductor) - 12 October 2022
  • Thompson Junior High School (Oswego, Ill.) (Dan Harrison, conductor) – 28 April 2016 

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