Ralph Vaughan Williams: Scenes Adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (Piano Reduction) (Choral & Strings)
Five Vocal Soloists, Choruses, Guitar, Strings & Piano
This work is published as a saddle-stitch full score for rehearsal use.
About the work:
John Bunyan’s allegorical Christian novel The Pilgrim’s Progress was a consistent and primary source of inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams. The incidental music he wrote for a community theatrical production of Part One of Bunyan’s book published here served as a dramatic model and reservoir of musical ideas for many of Vaughan Williams’s most substantial works, including the well-known 1910 Tallis Fantasia. As such, it remains an important and essential work to study in understanding the complete oeuvre of Vaughan Williams.
Published for the first time as a piano reduction, this edition of Scenes Adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress contains the complete script and extant musical numbers from the original 1907 and 1908 productions in London. The music of this original production as a piano reduction is now available for study and performance. This publication is edited and considered for modern readers and performers. The score draws on several primary sources, and existing gaps are filled with additional musical selections and fabrications in the Appendix. Also available and published separately is the full instrumental score and script (PME14).’
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