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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Grauer)

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General Info

Year: 1940 / 2006
Duration: c 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications

Cost: Score and Parts - $66.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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Program Notes

Ralph Vaughn Williams was asked in 1940, at age 68, if he would write an original score for the motion picture 49th Parallel. It was the first of eleven film scores he wrote. The spirit and resolve of the British people are expressed, as well as the composer's strong sense of patriotism. An emotional and magnificent tribute to God and Country.

-Program Note from publisher

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote music for the World War 2 propaganda film The 49th Parallel. It celebrated the longest unguarded border in the world, separating the United States and Canada. Originally written for chamber orchestra, it was arranged for band and it concluded America’s salute to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 75th Anniversary at a Command Performance by the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies at the Manitoba International tattoo.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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