Symphony No.5 in D major (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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Publisher. Info. London: Oxford University Press, 1946.
Reissue: 1969
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Work Title Symphony in D major
Alternative. Title Symphony No.5
Composer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
I. Preludio
II. Scherzo. Presto misterioso
III. Romanza. Lento
IV. Passacaglia. Moderato
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1938–43
First Performance. 1943-06-24 in London, Royal Albert Hall
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer
First Publication. 1946
Dedication without permission, to Jean Sibelius [see comments]
Average DurationAvg. Duration 35 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets (in B and A), 2 bassoons
2 horns (in F), 2 trumpets (in B), 3 trombones, timpani, strings
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Misc. Comments

  • Sir Adrian Boult subsequently secured permission from Sibelius, who wrote: “I heard Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams’ new Symphony in Stockholm under the excellent leadership of Malcolm Sargent… This Symphony is a marvellous work… the dedication made me feel proud and grateful… I wonder if Dr Williams has any idea of the pleasure he has given me?” — Quoted in Music and Friends, pp. 143–44
Symphonies by Ralph Vaughan Williams