Job (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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Publisher. Info. London: Oxford University Press, 1934. n.p.
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General Information

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 1: Introduction. Largo sostenuto
Pastoral Dance. Allegro piicevole
Satan's Appeal to God. Andante con moto
Saraband of the Sons of God [Andante con moto]
  • Scene 2: Satan's Dance of Triumph, Presto
  • Scene 3: Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their Wives. Andante con moto
  • Scene 4: Job's Dream. Lento moderato
Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and Battle. Allegro
  • Scene 5: Dance of the Three Messengers. Lento
  • Scene 6: Dance of Job's Comforters. Andante doloroso
Job's Curse. Andante maestoso
A Vision of Satan [Andante maestoso]
  • Scene 7: Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty. Andante tranquillo
Pavane of the Sons of the Morning. Andnate con moto
  • Scene 8: Galliard of the Sons of the Morning. Andnate con moto
Altar Dance and Heavenly Pavane. Allegretto tranquillo
  • Scene 9: Epilogue. Largo sostenuto
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 flutes (3rd also piccolo, alto flute), 2 oboes, english horn, 2 clarinets
bass clarinet (also 3rd clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, alto saxophone
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, xylophone, glockenspiel, tam-tam
2 harps, organ, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information The music was first written for a larger orchestra than could be accommodated in a conventional theater 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