Sancta Civitas (Vaughan Williams, Ralph)

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PDF scanned by David Hilton
David Hilton (2010/1/25)

Arranger Havergal Brian (1876–1972)
Publisher. Info. London: J. Curwen & Sons, 1925. Plate 3663.
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General Information

Work Title Sancta Civitas
Alternative. Title The Holy City
Composer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRV 69
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 sections*
  1. I was in the spirit. Lento (C major)
  2. And I saw Heaven opened. Allegro (G major)
  3. And I saw an angel standing in the sun. Meno mosso (G major)
  4. Babylon the great is fallen. Lento (G minor)
  5. Rejoice over her O Heavens. Allegro moderato (A major)
  6. And I saw a new heaven. Adagio (C minor)
  7. Therefore are they before the throne of God. Poco meno largo (F major)
  8. And I saw a pure river. [Poco meno mosso] (C minor)
  9. Holy, Holy, Holy. Andante sostenuto (E major)
  10. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Poco animato (C major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1923-25
First Performance. 1926, May - Oxford
First Publication. 1925
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 35 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation tenor, baritone, mixed chorus (SATB), mixed semi-chorus (SATB), distant boys chorus (SSA), orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information *although Sancta Civitas is presented in the score as a single continuous movement, recordings typically divide it into 10 sections