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In Windsor Forest By By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams

In Windsor Forest
by By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams

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A cantata for SATB chorus and full orchestra OR strings and piano, adapted by the composer from his opera Sir John in Love. Includes settings of words by Shakespeare (from 'Much Ado About Nothing') and his near contemporaries: John Still, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Lyly, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion, Philip Rosseter.
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In Windsor Forest by By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams

This cantata was adapted by the composer from music from his opera Sir John in Love. Comprising five choral songs, it features texts by Shakespeare (from 'Much Ado About Nothing') and his near contemporaries Thomas Ravenscroft, John Lyly, and Thomas Campion. The first song is a gleeful denunciation of men and their devious ways, scored for women's voices, while the second is a rollicking drinking song for men's voices. The third maintains this energy, with sparkling orchestration to evoke the 'fairies' of its title, before the 'Wedding Chorus' changes the mood to one of blissful tranquillity. The Epilogue is celebratory and grand, bringing the cantata to a powerful close. All of the songs except the third are available individually.

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About By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams has come to be regarded as one of the finest British composers of the 20th century. He has a particularly wide-ranging catalogue of works, including choral works, symphonies, concerti, and opera. His searching and visionary imagination, combined with a flexibility in writing for all levels of music-making, has meant that his music is as popular today as it ever has been.

Table of Contents

The Conspiracy: Sigh no more, ladies (women's voices) ; Drinking Song: Back and side go bare (men's voices) ; Falstaff and the Fairies: Round about in a fair ring-a (soprano solo, SATB) ; Wedding Chorus: See the Chariot at hand (SATB) ; Epilogue: Whether men do laugh or weep (SATB)

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In Windsor Forest by By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams
By (composer) Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Oxford University Press
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