World's Largest Sheet Music Selection


Rhosymedre, Prelude On a Welsh Hymn Tune (Orchestra Set & Score)

By Arnold Foster

Full orchestra, string orchestra - Intermediate
Composed by Arnold Foster and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Arranged by Stephen Foster. Bestseller. Score. Galaxy Music Corporation #1.5072. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.5072).

Item Number: EC.1.5072

ISBN 600313150722.

Vaughan Williams' chorale prelude on the 19th-century Welsh hymntune "Rhosymedre" is well known in instrumental settings for organ, orchestra, concert band, and various chamber ensembles and solo instruments. The composer contrasts the steady simplicity of the hymntune, stated in longer values, with an elegant filigree of countermelodies and contrapuntal voices. This orchestration by Arnold Foster is scored for full orchestra but also may be effectively performed by strings alone.

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    David Ezell
    Columbia, SC
    Difficulty Level:
  • April 30, 2009 Beautiful Orchestral Chorale Prelude

    Rhosymedre is a Welsh hymn tune by the 19th century composer J. D. Edwards. Vaughan Williams' beautiful chorale prelude on the melody has been expertly orchestrated by Arnold Foster. Sheet Music Plus lists Stephen Foster as the orchestrator. This is not possible, considering the composers' dates. The arrangement is for...

    1122 2100 (no percussion) plus strings. The wind parts only double the strings, so this piece works well for string orchestra. Everyone has an interesting part except the trumpet (what else is new?). Violas and bassoons have unusually prominent roles. All strings except bass have divisi. Outside 1st violins go to 6th position. For a school group, this work can be used to teach independent counting, cantabile style, finding the melody in different voices, contrapuntal texture, and the chorale prelude form. It is in the key of G, in 4/2 time. This title is highly recommended. I have 38 years experience as an orchestra director, grade 4 through college and adult.

    Read More
    17 of 29 people found this review helpful.
    Was this review useful? Yes No
Close X

By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy

I am a music teacher.