Norfolk Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (trans. Anthony O'Toole)

General Info

Year: 1906 / 2014?
Duration: c. 9:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: GIA Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (or Piano)
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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- Program Note from publisher

This rhapsody employs Young Henry the Poacher, Spurn Point and Ward, the Pirate, already presented in the First Rhapsody. Its final pages are lost, but have been reconstructed by Stephen Hogger.

The second and third rhapsodies were first performed together under the composer's baton at the Cardiff Festival in September 1907 and later in London in April 1912 but were then withdrawn. Vaughan Williams did not publish the Second Rhapsody, and appears to have withdrawn it at the time of the extensive revision of the First Rhapsody in 1914, reusing some of its material for the Six Studies in English Folk Song (1926). Nevertheless, the manuscript score survived except for the last two pages. The missing ending was reconstructed in 2002 by Stephen Hogger for a CD recording by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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