The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. London: Oxford University Press, 1925.
Misc. Notes 600 dpi
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Finale: "So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side"

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Editor Leigh Henry (1889–1958), calligraphy
Publisher. Info. Fanfare: A Musical Causerie, Vol.I, Issue 4
London: Goodwin & Tabb, Nov. 15, 1921.
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General Information

Work Title The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
Alternative. Title Pastoral episode
Composer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRV 73
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Lento moderato
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1921-22
First Performance. 1922 July 11, London
Royal College of Music
Sir Arthur Bliss, conducting
First Publication. 1925
Librettist The composer, after John Bunyan (1628–1688)
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation soloists, voices, orchestra


Shepherd 1 (tenor)
Shepherd 2 (soprano)
Shepherd 3 (bass)
Bird (soprano)
Messenger (tenor)
Pilgrim (tenor)


2 sopranos, 3 tenors, bass, female chorus 1 & 2 (SA) off stage


2 flutes, oboe, english horn, strings
Off stage: 2 trumpets, harp, chimes
Related Works Later revised as Act 4, Scene 2, of the opera The Pilgrim's Progress.
External Links Hyperion Records