Sine Nomine (arr. Cacavas)

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. John Cacavas)

Subtitle: Ceremonial March in a British Style

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1998
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tenor Drum (or Snare Drum)
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For All the Saints was written as a processional hymn by the Anglican Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How. The hymn was first printed in Hymns for Saints' Days, and Other Hymns, by Earl Nelson, 1864.

The hymn was sung to the melody Sarum, by the Victorian composer Joseph Barnby, until the publication of the English Hymnal in 1906. This hymnal used a new setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams which he called Sine Nomine (literally, "without name") in reference to its use on the Feast of All Saints, 1 November (or the first Sunday in November, All Saints Sunday in the Lutheran Church). It has been described as "one of the finest hymn tunes of [the 20th] century."

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Ralph Vaughn Williams was one of the most prolific and successful composers of the early 20th century, and his music encompasses almost all genres: symphonies, choral works large and small, works for keyboard, and even film scores. Many of his compositions lend themselves so beautifully to the concert band medium. John Cacavas presents this wonderfully dignified melody with all the flavor of a British ceremonial march.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

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  • For All the Saints, Wikipedia Accessed 21 January 2019
  • Vaughan Williams, R.; Cacavas, J. (1998). Sine Nomine: Ceremonial March in a British Style [score]. Belwin-Mills: Miami, Fla.