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Printed Edition
Composer:Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)
Publisher Ref:H173
Six folksongs collected by 'RVW' from various parts of England and arranged in keeping with the spirit of the 'English Musical Renaissance'. This version is for alto saxophone and has a piano accompaniment published separately (ref. H47)
Price: £3.25
Arranger:Stanton, Robert
Skill Level:C
Publisher:Stainer & Bell
Year of Issue:1982
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
Although composition was Vaughan Williams's main purpose in training at the Royal College of Music and Cambridge University, his early work has been described as inarticulate and it was not until his late twenties that he began to discover the language of English folksong and make it his own. His partsong 'Linden Lea' (1901) is a good example with its modal tune and lilting rhythm giving the impression of a true folksong when it is actually original to the composer. 'RVW' and his colleagues were at the root of the 'English Musical Renaissance' which rediscovered English folk music traditions, as well as going back to Purcell and beyond, to evolve an English style in the early part of the twentieth century which was independent of mainly nineteenth century Euriopean traditions.

With this as a background Vaughan Williams collected six genuine folksongs and arranged them for cello and piano with the title 'Six Studies in English Folk Song'. They were composed, published and first performed in London in 1927 by the outstanding cellist May Mukle, and later transcribed for various wind and stringed instruments. This version has been adapted for alto saxophone by Robert Stanton following the composer's stated aim that they should be "treated with love"
  • I Adagio ('Lovely on the Water')
  • II Andante ('Spurn Point')
  • III Larghetto ('Van Diemen's Land')
  • IV Lento ('She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold')
  • V Andante tranquillo ('The Lady and the Dragoon')
  • VI Allegro (As I Walked over London Bridge')

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