Hodie (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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 Violins I (CA)
#99452 - 1.68MB, 27 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/50/29

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m.kowalski (2011/4/19)

Publisher Info.:

London: Oxford University Press, n.d.(ca.1954).


Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Reproduced from a copyist's manuscript.


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General Information

Work Title Hodie
Alternative Title 'This Day'
Composer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Movements/Sections 16 movements
I. Prologue
II. Narration
III. Song
IV. Narration
V. Choral
VI. Narration
VII. Song
VIII. Narration
IX. Pastoral
X. Narration
XI. Lullaby
XII. Hymn
XIII. Narration
XIV. The March of the Three Kings
XV. Choral
XVI. Epilogue
Year/Date of Composition 1953-54
First Performance 1954-09-08 in Worcester, Worcester Cathedral
Three Choirs Festival. Soli, chorus, orchestra conducted by the composer
First Publication 1954
Copyright Information Although purely instrumental selections and arrangements are permitted for this piece,
items containing any text by the author(s) listed below cannot be added to the main server
until January 1, 2058. Works first published before 1923 can be added to the USA server only.
Librettist see below
I. Traditional (Latin)
II. Bible (Matthew I:18-21, 23 and Luke I:32)
III. John Milton (1608-1674)
IV. Bible (Luke II:1-7)
V. Martin Luther (1483-1546), English translation by Myles Coverdale (ca.1488-1569)
VI. Bible (Luke II:8-17), Book of Common Prayer
VII. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
VIII. Bible (Luke II:20)
IX. George Herbert (1593-1633)
X. Bible (Luke II:19)
XI. Anonymous
XII. William Drummond (1585-1649)
XIII. Bible (Matthew II:1-11)
XIV. Ursula Vaughan Williams (1911-2007)*
XV. Anonymous (1st verse); Ursula Vaughan Williams (1911-2007)* (2nd verse)
XVI. Bible (John I:1, 4, 14; Matthew I:23), John Milton (1608-1674)
*The texts in XIV and XV are under copyright worldwide and cannot be uploaded here.
Language English, Latin
Dedication Herbert Howells
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone soli, Chorus, Boys' Choir, Organ and Orchestra.
External Links Wikipedia article
Hodie - scores at Sheet Music Plus
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