Vaughan Williams Christmas, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Douglas E Wagner)

Subtitle: Featuring Forest Green, Wassail Song, and Sussex Carol

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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 I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In a lecture deliver a year before his death, Ralph Vaughan Williams commented that "vital art must spring from its own soil." His contributions to the literature, especially the major works for orchestra and concert band, are testaments to this credo. In his hands, the folk songs and carols of England enjoyed new life and popularity.

A Vaughan Williams Christmas presents English carol tunes that were collected, arranged, adapted, and/or harmonized by Vaughan Williams:

Forest Green ("O Little Town of Bethlehem"), which originally appeared in the first edition of the English Hymnal (1906).

Wassail Song ("Wassail, Wassail, All Over Town") number 5 of Five English Folk Songs (1913).

Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night"), included in the Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912) and found as number two in Eight English Carols.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Williams, R.; Wagner, D. (1999) A Vaughan Williams Christmas : Featuring Forest Green, Wassail Song, and Sussex Carol [score]. Belwin: Miami, Fla.