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Prelude: 49th Parallel

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Paul Noble)

General Info

Year: 1941 / 2014
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed in 1941 for the film 49th Parallel - The Invaders, the drama and depth of the music was intended to influence the United States, which was then neutral, to enter the war.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Coquitlam, B.C.) (David Brantner, conductor) – 9 December 2017
  • Indiana University Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) - 7 April 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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None discovered thus far.