Job (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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Publisher. Info. London: Oxford University Press, 1934. n.p.
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Work Title Job
Alternative. Title A Masque for Dancing
Composer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRV 36
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 9 Scenes:
  • Scene I: "Saraband of the Sons of God" ("Hast thou considered my servant Job?")
Pastoral Dance
Satan's Appeal to God
Saraband of the Sons of God
  • Scene II: "Satan's Dance of Triumph" ("So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord")
Satan's Dance
  • Scene III: "Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their Wives" ("There came a great wind and smote the four corners of the house and it fell upon the young men and they are dead")
Minuet of the Sons and Daughters of Job
  • Scene IV: "Job's Dream" ("In thoughts from the visions of the night....fear came upon me and trembling")
Job's Dream
Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and Battle
  • Scene V: "Dance of the Three Messengers" ("There came a messenger")
Dance of the Messengers
  • Scene VI: "Dance of Job's Comforters" ("Behold happy is the man whom God correcteth")
Dance of Job's Comforters
Job's Curse
A Vision of Satan
  • Scene VII: "Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty" ("Ye are old and I am very young")
Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty
Pavane of the Heavenly Host
  • Scene VIII: "Pavane of the Sons of the Morning" ("All the Sons of God shouted for joy")
Galliard of the Sons of the Morning
Altar Dance and Heavenly Pavane
  • Scene IX: "Epilogue" ("So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning")
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1927–30
First Performance. 1931
First Publication. 1930-10 – Norwich, Norwich & Norfolk Festival: Ralph Vaughan Williams (conductor). Concert performance.
1931-07-05 – London, Cambridge Theatre: Vic-Wells Ballet. Re-orchestrated by Constant Lambert.
Dedication Adrian Boult
Average DurationAvg. Duration 46 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 3-3-3-3 (+Sax) 4-3-3-1 2 Harps, Organ, Percussion, Strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information "The music was first written for a larger orchestra than could be accommodated in a conventional theatre pit and had its premiere in concert form in October 1930... When the ballet was eventually produced, the music was orchestrated for a small orchestra by Constant Lambert" (Wikipedia)