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Vaughan Williams photographed by Adeline near Bolzano in Italy. © Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

Concertos & Solo Instruments

HYMN TUNE PRELUDE ON ‘SONG 13’ BY ORLANDO GIBBONS)

Based on a hymn tune (Song 13) written by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) and originally written for piano solo. Dedicated to Harriet Cohen who premiered the work in 1930.

SUITE FOR VIOLA AND SMALL ORCHESTRA

Eight movements for solo viola and orchestra completed in 1934. Dedicated to violist Lionel Tertis, who premiered the work on November 12, 1934 at the Queen’s Hall in London under the baton of Malcolm Sargent.

CONCERTO IN F MINOR FOR BASS TUBA AND ORCHESTRA

Written for Philip Catelinet, principal tubist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Catelinet was the soloist in the premiere on 13 June 1954, with Sir John Barbirolli conducting.

CONCERTO IN D MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND STRING ORCHESTRA (CONCERTO ACCADEMICO)

For Violin and String Orchestra in D minor

CONCERTO IN A MINOR FOR OBOE AND STRINGS

Written in 1944, for oboist Léon Goossens and first performed in Liverpool that year. The scheduled London premier having been cancelled due to German bombing.

PIANO CONCERTO IN C MAJOR

The dedicatee, Harriet Cohen, gave the first performance on 1st February in 1933 with Adrian Boult conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Queen’s Hall in London. Vaughan Williams later adapted it for two pianos. He began the work in 1926 but did not complete it until 1931. The concerto is in three movements which play without a break

THE LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS

Written between 1940-41 and based on music which the composer wrote for the wartime movie, ‘The 49th Parallel’. The piece was dedicated to Phyllis Sellick.

THE LARK ASCENDING

Romance for violin and orchestra. Inspired by a poem of the same name by George Meredith.

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