Three Kyries
Composed at Charterhouse.

Music, when Soft Voices Die
(Shelley). Part-song for male voices.

Student exercise for Hubert Parry, RCM, Summer Term 1891

Anthem: I heard a Voice from heaven
(Revelations, 14:13) for tenor and chorus. RCM, Summer Term 1891.

Super Flumina Babylonis
(Psalm 137). RCM, Spring Term 1892.

Vexilla Regis
Hymn for soprano solo, mixed 5-part chorus (SSATB) strings, and organ. Mus. Bac. Exercise. Four movements: Vexilla Regis; Impleta sunt; O Crux; Fons salutis.

Peace, Come away
(Tennyson). For four voices and small orchestra.

Wine, Vine and Eglantine
(Tennyson). Vocal valse for SATB and piano.

Sonnet 71
(Shakespeare). For six voices (SSATBB).

Echo's Lament of Narcissus
('Slow, slow, fresh fount') (Jonson). Madrigal for double chorus.

For soloists (SATB), mixed double chorus and orchestra (1897-9). Degree exercise for Doctorate of Music at Cambridge. Five movements: Cred; Offertorium; Sanctus; Hosanna; Benedictus.

Works for chorus and orchestra

The Garden of Proserpine

Willow Wood
(D. G. Rossetti). Cantata for baritone or mezzo-soprano solo and orchestra. Four movements: Adagio quasi andante; Andante con moto; Adagio quasi andante; Allegro quasi andante.

Sound Sleep
(Christina Rossetti). For female voices (SSA) and pianoforte. Orchestrated in 1903. Dedication: Mrs Massingberd.

Toward the Unknown Region
(Whitman). Song for chorus (SATB) and orchestra.
Dedication: To F.H.M. (Florence Maitland, RVW's sister-in-law).

Three Nocturnes
(Whitman). For baritone solo, semi-chorus, and orchestra. I. Come, O voluptuous sweet-breathed earth; II. By the Bivouac's fitful flame, III. Out of the rolling ocean. Nos. I and III are dated 18 August 1908. A theme used in III recurs in a modified form in Sancta Civitas. Substantial but incomplete.

Symphony 1: A Sea Symphony
For soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, and orchestra. Words by Walt Whitman.
Dedication: To R.L.W. [(Sir) Ralph Wedgwood].
Four movements; A Song for All Seas, All Ships; On the Beach at Night, Alone; Scherzo (The Waves) Allegro brillante; The Explorers: Grave e molto adagio.

Five Mystical Songs
(George Herbert). For baritone soloist, mixed chorus (SATB) ad lib, and orchestra. Easter; I got me flowers; Love bade me welcome; The Call; Antiphon.

Fantasia on Christmas Carols (trad.)
For baritone soloist, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra.

Lord, Thou Has Been Our Refuge
Motet for chorus (SATB), semi-chorus (SATB), and orchestra (Psalm 90).

Fanfare: 'So he passed over ....'
For double chorus of women's voices (SA), trumpets, cello, double bass, and bells.

Sancta Civitas (The Holy City)
Oratorio for tenor and baritone soloists, mixed chorus (SATB), semi-chorus, distant chorus, and orchestra. Text from the Authorised Version of the Bible, with additions from Taverner's Bible (1539) and other sources.

Te Deum in G
For Decani and Cantoris (SATB men's and boys''voices) with organ or orchestra. Instrumentation by Arnold Foster.

In Windsor Forest
Cantata for mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra. Music adapted from the opera Sir John in Love. Five sections: The Conspiracy; Drinking Song; Falstaff and the Fairies; Wedding Chorus; Epilogue.

For soprano, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. Words from 'The Song of the Three Holy Children' (the Apocrypha) and O Hark, my soul, how everything' (John Austin).
Dedication: to L.H.M.C. [Leith Hill Musical Competition] Towns Division.

The Hundredth Psalm
For mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra. Words from Psalm 100 and Doxology from Daye's Psalter, 1561.

Three Choral Hymns
For baritone (or tenor) solo, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. Words by Miles Coverdale, translated from the German. Three movements: Easter Hymn; Christmas Hymn; Whitsunday Hymn. (The words of 2 and 3 were translated by Coverdale from Luther.)
Dedication: To L.H.M.C. Division I.

Three Children's Songs for A Spring Festival
For voices in unison with string accompaniment. Words by Frances M. Farrer. Three movements: Spring; The Singers; An Invitation.
Dedication: To L.H.M.C. Children's Division.

For contralto solo, women's choir (SA), solo flute, and orchestra. Words adapted from the Bible.
Dedication: To Astra Desmond.

Five Tudor Portraits
(Skelton). For contralto (or mezzo-soprano), baritone, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. Five movements: The Tunning of Elinor Rumming (Ballad); Pretty Bess (Intermezzo); Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss (Burlesca); Jane Scroop (Her Lament for Philip Sparrow) (Romanza); Jolly Rutterkin (Scherzo).

Nothing is here for tears
(Milton). Choral song (unison or SATB) with accompaniment for pianoforte, organ or orchestra.

Dona Nobis Pacem
Cantata for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. Five sections: Agnus Dei (the Liturgy); Beat! Beat! Drums! (Whitman); Reconciliation (Whitman); Dirge for Two Veterans (Whitman); The Angel of Death (John Bright) and sections from the Old and New Testaments.

Flourish for a Coronation
For mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra. Three movements: Let the priest and the prophet anoint him (The Bible); O prince, desire to be honourable (Chaucer); Now gracious God he save our King (The Agincourt Song).

Festival Te Deum in F major
Founded on traditional themes. For mixed chorus (SATB) and organ or orchestra.

Serenade to Music
(Shakespeare). For 16 solo voices.

Six Choral Songs ��� To be Sung in Time of War
(Shelley). For unison voices with pianoforte or orchestra. A Song of Courage; A Song of Liberty; A Song of Healing; A Song of Victory; A Song of Pity; A Song of the New Age.

The New Commonwealth
(Harold Child). For unison voices with pianoforte accompaniment or orchestra.

England My England
(W. E. Henley). Choral song, for baritone soloist, double choir, unison voices, and orchestra.

Thanksgiving for Victory
(renamed A Song of Thanksgiving in 1952)
Words from various sources including The Bible, Shakespeare, and Kipling. For soprano solo, speaker, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra.

The Voice out of the Whirlwind
Motet for mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra or organ. Adapted from 'Galliard of the Sons of the Morning', from Job.

A Cotswold Romance
Cantata for tenor and soprano soloists, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra, adapted from the opera Hugh the Drover by Maurice Jacobson. Ten movements: Chorus: Men of Cotsall; SATB unaccompanied: Sweet Little Linnet; Tenor and SATB: Song of the Road; Tenor, soprano and SATB: Love at First Sight; SATB with baritone solo: The Best Man in England; Tenor solo: Alone and Friendless; Tenor, Soprano and SATB: The Fight and its Sequel; Tenor solo: Alone and Friendless; Tenor, Soprano and SATB: Hugh in the Stocks (Gaily I go to die); Soprano and SATB: Mary escapes (a) alternative version for women's voices: Here, Queen Uncrown'd; Tenor, soprano and SATB: Freedom at Last.

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons
Cantata, based on traditional folk songs, for women's voices (SSAA) and orchestra. Four movements: Prologue: To the Plough Boy; Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter.

An Oxford Elegy
(Matthew Arnold). For speaker, small mixed chorus (SATB) and small orchestra.

Fantasia (Quasi Variazione) on the 'Old 104th' Psalm Tune
For pianoforte solo, accompanied by mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. The choral text is that attributed to Sternhold and Hopkins.

The Sons of Light
[Ursula Vaughan Williams]. Cantata for mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra. Three movements: I. Darkness and Light; II. The Song of the Zodiac; III. The Messengers of Speech.
First performed 6th May 1951, Royal Albert Hall, London. (Massed choirs, 1150 voices, LPO /Boult).
Dedication: To Bernard Shore.
Sections of this work were adapted into Sun, Moon, Stars, and Man, a cycle of four songs for unison voices with accompaniment for strings and/or pianoforte, first performed at Birmingham Town Hall on 11 March 1955.

The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
('All People that on Earth do Dwell') (W. Kethe). Arranged for mixed choir (SATB), congregation, orchestra, and organ. First performance: Westminster Abbey, 2 June 1953 at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

This Day (Hodie)
A Christmas Cantata for soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists with mixed chorus (SATB), boys' voices, organ (optional), and full orchestra. Words from various sources. Sixteen movements: Prologue; Narration; Song (Milton: soprano and women's voices); Narration; Choral; Narration; The Oxen (Thomas Hardy: baritone and orch.); Narration; Pastoral (George Herbert: baritone and orch.); Narration; Lullaby (William Ballet: soprano and women's voices); Hymn (William Drummond: tenor and orch.); Narration; The March of the Three Kings (Ursula Vaughan Williams: soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus, and orch.); Choral (v. 1 anon.; v. 2 Ursula Vaughan Williams); Epilogue (adapted from St John's Gospel, 1: 1-14 and Milton's Nativity Hymn).
Dedication: To Herbert Howells.
The dedication continues: 'Dear Herbert, I find that in this Cantata I have inadvertently cribbed a phrase from your beautiful Hymnus Paradisi. Your passage seems to germane to my context that I have decided to keep it.' RVW.

Song for a Spring Festival
(Ursula Vaughan Williams)
For mixed chorus. Written for and given to the Leith Hill Musical Festival in April 1955, by the author and composer, to be performed nowhere else.

Cantata founded on the Masque The Bridal Day, for baritone, mixed chorus, and small orchestra. Words chosen by Ursula Vaughan Williams from Spenser's Epithalamion. Eleven movements: Prologue; 'Wake now'; The Calling of the Bride; The Minstrels; Procession of the Bride; The Temple Gates; The Bellringers; The Lover's Song; The Minstrel's Song; Song of the Winged Lovers: Prayer to Juno.

nb Apart from the Five English Folk Songs, this list does not include folk-song arrangements.

Three Elizabethan Songs
For chorus (SATB): Sweet Day (George Herbert); The Willow Song (Shakespeare); O Mistress Mine (Shakespeare).

Come away, Death

Rise early Sun

Ring out your Bells
(Philip Sidney)
Dedication: To Lionel Benson Esq. & the members of the Magpie Madrigal Society.

(Christina Rossetti)
Dedication: To Lionel Benson Esq. & the members of the Magpie Madrigal Society.

Fain would I change that note
Canzonet for four voices (SATB).

Love is a Sickness
(Samuel Daniel).
Ballet for four voices (SATB).

O Praise the Lord of Heaven
Anthem for two full choirs and semi-chorus (Psalm 148).

Five English Folk Songs
Freely arranged for mixed chorus (SATB). Five movements: The Dark-eyed Sailor; The Springtime of the Year; Just as the Tide was Flowing; The Lover's Ghost; Wassail Song.

O Vos Omnes (Is it nothing to you?)
Words from the Maundy Thursday office of Tenebrae. Motet for mixed voices (SSAATTBB) with alto solo.
Dedication: To Dr R. R. Terry.

Mass is G minor
For soloists (SATB) and double chorus, unaccompanied, with organ part ad lib: Kyrie; Gloria; Credo; Sanctus, Osanna I, Benedictus, Osanna II; Agnus Dei.
Dedication: to Gustav Holst and his Whitsuntide Singers.

The Souls of the Righteous
Motet for treble (or soprano), tenor, baritone soloists, and mixed chorus (Treble ATB or SATB) unaccompanied. Words from The Wisdom of Solomon, III vv. 1-5.

Valiant for Truth
(Bunyan). Motet for mixed chorus (SATB) unaccompanied, or with organ or pianoforte.

Prayer to the Father of Heaven
(Skelton). Motet for mixed chorus (SATB)
Dedication: To the memory of my master Hubert Parry.

Three Shakespeare Songs
For mixed chorus (SATB) unaccompanied. 1. Full Fathom Five; 2. The Cloud-Capp'd Towers; 3. Over Hill, Over Dale.
Dedication: To C. Armstrong Gibbs.

O Taste and See
Words from Psalm 34, v. 8. Motet for mixed choir (S or treble solo, ATB), with an organ introduction. Composed November - December 1952. Words from Psalm 34:8 Andante sostenuto.
First performance London Westminster Abbey, 2 June 1953. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Sung by christers during the Queen's Communion, conducted by Sir WIlliam McKie.
Publication London Oxford University Press ( 1953)

Silence and Music
(Ursula Wood [Ursula Vaughan Williams]). For mixed chorus (SATB). No. 4 of A Garland for the Queen.
Dedication: To the Memory of Charles Villiers Stanford, and his Blue Bird.

Heart's Music
(Campion). Song for mixed chorus (SATB).
Dedication: Written for Wilfrid Dykes Bower and the St Thomas's Hospital Musical Society.

A Choral Flourish
Words from Psalm 22 (AV, Psalm 33). For mixed chorus (SAT and high bar; B) with introduction for organ or two trumpets. In Latin, with English version as alternative.
Dedication: To Alan Kirby.

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Works for choir or unison voices and piano or organ accompaniment

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Text selected from Ecclesiasticus, Ch. 44. Unison Song, with accompaniment for pianoforte, organ, or small orchestra.

Darest Thou Now, O Soul
(Whitman). Unison song.

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Village Service)
Set to music for the use of village choirs for mixed chorus (SATB) and organ.

The Pilgrim Pavement
(Margaret Ridgeley Partridge). Hymn for soprano solo, mixed chorus (SATB), and organ.

O How Amiable
Words from Psalms 84 and 90. Anthem for the dedication of a church or other Festivals. For mixed chorus (SATB) and organ. Originally composed for the Abinger Pageant, 1934.
Dedication: to F.F. [Dame Frances Farrer].

Services in D minor
For unison voices, mixed choir (SATB) and organ. Morning Service: te Deum; Benedictus; Jubilate. Communion Service: Kyrie, Responses, Before the Gospel; After the Gospel; Creed; Sursum Corda; Sanctus; Benedictus qui venit; Agnus Dei; Gloria. Evening service: Magnificat; Nunc Dimittis.
Dedication: Written for and dedicated to Dr C. S. Lang and his singers at Christ's Hospital.

A Hymn of Freedom
(Canon G. W. Briggs). For unison voices with pianoforte or organ.
See also Five Wartime Hymns.

A Call to the Free Nations
(Canon G. W. Briggs). Hymn for choral or unison singing.
See also Five Wartime Hymns.

Five Wartime Hymns
(Canon G. W. Briggs). For unison voices with pianoforte or organ, by RVW, Martin Shaw, and Ivor Atkins.

The Airmen's Hymn
Words by the Second Earl of Lytton. Unison song with pianoforte or organ.

Hymn for St Margaret ('St Margaret')
(Ursula Wood [Ursula Vaughan Williams]). No. 748 in Hymnal for Scotland, incorporating the English Hymnal.

Te Deum and Benedictus
Set to well-known metrical psalm tunes for unison voices or mixed voices (with occasional optional harmony) with accompaniment of organ, harmonium, or pianoforte.

A Vision of Aeroplanes
Motet for mixed chorus (SATB) and organ. First performance. London, St Michael's Church, Cornhill, 4th June 1956, Publication Oxford University Press (�� 1956). Dedication: To Harold Darke and his St Michael's Singers.

Solo works
(Pianoforte accompaniment unless otherwise stated)
Student and unpublished works.

Crossing the Bar

Words by 'T', from the Cambridge Observer of August 1893.

The Virgin's Cradle Song
(S. T. Coleridge). Performed at Cambridge University Musical Club, 3 November 1894.

To Daffodils

Lollipops Song; Spinning Song
Settings from Rumpelstiltskin.

(Tennyson). Vocal Valse for voice and pianoforte.

(Tennyson). Vocal Valse for voice and pianoforte.

(Swinburne). For contralto or baritone with pianoforte accompaniment.

The Willow Whistle
(M. E. Fuller). For voice and pipe. Undated. Possibly 1938 or 1939).

How can the tree but wither?
(Thomas, Lord Vaux).


Linden Lea
Sub-titled 'A Dorset Folk Song'. (William Barnes)
RVW's first published work.
Dedication: To Mrs Edmund Fisher.
Michael Kennedy lists thirteen arrangements as well as a Fantasia on this song.

Blackmore by the Stour
(Williams Barnes). 'A Dorset folk song'

Whither must I wander?
(R. L. Stevenson)

Boy Johnny
(Christina Rossetti)
Dedication: To J. Campbell McInnes, Esq.

If I were a Queen
(Christina Rossetti).

Tears, Idle Tears
Dedication: To J. Francis Harford, Esq.

Silent Noon
(D. G. Rossetti).

Orpheus with his Lute
Dedication: To Miss Lucy Broadwood.

When I Am Dead, my Dearest
(Christina Rossetti).

The Winter's Willow
(William Barnes).

The House of Life
(D. G. Rossetti)
A cycle of six sonnets: Love-Sight; Silent Noon; Love's Minstrels; Heart's Haven; Death in Love; Love's Last Gift.

Songs of Travel
(R. L. Stevenson). The Vagabond; Let beauty awake; The Roadside Fire; Youth and Love; In Dreams; The Infinite Shining Heavens; Whither must I wander?; Bright is the ring of words; I have trod the upward and the downward slope.
Vaughan Williams orchestrated the accompaniment to the songs of the original Book I in 1905 and Roy Douglas orchestrated the remainder in 1961-2

Ye Little Birds
(Thomas Heywood).

A Cradle Song
(S. T. Coleridge).

The Splendour Falls

(Christina Rossetti).

(Thomas Hardy).

The Sky above the Roof
(Paul Verlaine, trans. Mabel Dearmer).

Is my team ploughing?
(A. E. Housman).

Four Hymns
For tenor voice, with accompaniment of pianoforte and viola obbligato. Lord! Come Away (Bishop Jeremy Taylor); Who is this fair one? (Isaac Watts); Come love, come Lord (Crashaw); Evening Hymn (trans. from the Greek by Robert Bridges). Probably more familiar in the version with orchestral accompaniment as first performed.
Dedication: To J.S.W. (Sir Steuart Wilson).

Dirge for Fidele
(Shakespeare). Song for two mezzo-sopranos, with pianoforte accompaniment.

It was a lover and his lass
(Shakespeare). Part-song for two voices with piano accompaniment.

Two Poems by Seumas O'Sullivan
(James Starkey): The Twilight People; A Piper.

Three Songs from Shakespeare
Take, O take those lips away; When icicles hang by the wall; Orpheus with his lute.
The first two of these songs also appeared as unison songs in 1926 (OUP) 'Orpheus with his lute' is also available for mixed chorus (SATB) and as a unison song with string orchestra accompaniment.

Four Poems by Fredegond Shove:
Motion and Stillness (dated 1922); Four Nights; The New Ghost; The Water Mill.

Three Poems by Walt Whitman
Nocturne; A Clear Midnight; Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

Along the Field
(A. E. Housman). Eight songs for voice and violin. We'll to the woods no more; Along the Field; The half-moon westers low; In the Morning; The Sigh that Heaves the Grasses; Goodbye; Fancy's Knell; With rue my heart is laden.

In the Spring
(William Barnes).
Dedication: To the members of the Barnes Society.

Menelaus on the Beach at Pharos
(Ursula Vaughan Williams)
Dedication: To Keith Falkner.

Hands, Eyes and Heart
(Ursula Vaughan Williams).

Ten Blake Songs
For voice and oboe.
Infant Joy; A Poison Tree; The Piper; London (oboe tacet); The Lamb; The Shepherd (oboe tacet); Ah! Sunflower; Cruelty has a human heart; The Divine Image (oboe tacet); Eternity. Eight of these songs were used for the film, The Vision of William Blake, produced in commemoration of the bicentenary of Blake's birth in 1957.
Dedication: To Wilfred Brown and Janet Craxton.

Four Last Songs
(Ursula Vaughan Williams): Procris; Tired; Hands, Eyes and Heart; Menelaus.

Three Vocalises
For soprano voice and B flat clarinet. Prelude: Moderato; Scherzo: Allegro moderato; Quasi menuetto: Moderato.
Dedication: To Margaret Ritchie.

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