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Scherzo alla Marcia

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

This work is the second movement from the Symphony No. 8 in D Minor.

General Info

Year: 1924 / 1956
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental


Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II-III (Bassoon III ad lib.)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trumpet (in B-flat) I-II
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Light, witty, and brief, Vaughan Williams’ Scherzo alla Marcia could be used to balance a more serious or lengthy work in the concert program. It is deceptively difficult; Vaughan Williams’s contrapunctal approach obscures the downbeat, and performers may find themselves playing what feels right rather than what is actually written. It is worthwhile to draw attention to the humorously abrupt ending in the program notes, because Vaughan Williams’ abstraction of time may catch audiences by surprise.

- Program notes from Great Music for Wind Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Wind Ensemble (Paul Bain, conductor) - 11 March 2021
  • Dallas (Tx.) Chamber Wind Ensemble (Reagan Brumley, conductor) - 3 January 2021
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Weston Lewis, conductor) - 15 December 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Michael Lebrias, conductor) - 20 November 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Erik Kar Jun, conductor) - 24 October 2020
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) - 18 October 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Chamber Winds (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 5 November 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 1 April 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 1 February 2019
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Kelts, conductor) – 23 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southwestern Conference, Houston, Texas)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 25 October 2017
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Symphony (Ben Kepes, conductor) – 25 January 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 5 October 2016
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Jared Staub, conductor) - 29 October 2015
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Donald Hunsberger, conductor) – 15 March 1963

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