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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer

6 Studies in English Folk Song, for cello and piano

Performances: 12
Tracks: 69
  • 6 Studies in English Folk Song, for cello and piano
    Year: 1926
    Genre: Other Chamber
    Pr. Instruments: Cello & Piano
    • 1.Adagio ('Lovely on the Water') in E modal minor
    • 2.Andante sostenuto ('Spurn Point') in Eb
    • 3.Larghetto ('Van Dieman's Land') in D modal minor
    • 4.Lento ('She Borrowed Some of her Mother's Gold')
    • 5.Andante tranquillo ("The Lady and the Dragon') in C
    • 6.Allegro vivace ('As I walked over London Bridge')
Written for cellist May Mukle, the Six Studies in English Folk Song also exist in alternate versions for clarinet, violin and viola, and have further been effectively played on bassoon. These pensive studies (only the last one is in a lively tempo) go beyond simple harmonization of a melody. Vaughan Williams employs his usual effective writing for stringed instruments to create miniature rhapsodies on the folk songs Lovely on the Water, Spurn Point, Van Diemen's Land, She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold, The Lady and the Dragoon and the jaunty As I walked Over London Bridge. No great virtuosic demands are made on the cellist, who must nevertheless play with insight and a touch of self-effacement, allowing the poignant songs to reveal their own considerable beauties.

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