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Romance for Viola and Piano

By Ralph Vaughan Williams

Viola & piano (Solo) - Moderately Difficult to Difficult
Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Viola & Piano. Set of parts. 10 pages. Duration 6.5'. Oxford University Press #9780193592711. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193592711).

Item Number: OU.9780193592711

ISBN 9780193592711. 12 x 9 inches.

This soulful piece was discovered among the composer's manuscripts upon his death in 1958 and published posthumously in 1962. The viola part is edited by Bernard Shore and the piano part by Eric Gritton.

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  • March 21, 2012 The romance

    The Romance for viola and piano was one of many pieces found in Ralph Vaughan Williams' library after his death in 1958. It is probable that it was written and dedicated to the great English violist, Lionel Tertis, along with Vaughan Williams' other pieces for viola, Flos Campi and the...

    Suite for viola and small orchestra. The date of the composition is not known, but it is thought that it dates from around 1914. The piece is composed in arch form. It opens with soft, pentatonic murmurings from the piano, expanding into a rather melancholy and songful aria for the viola. The middle is somewhat restless and anguished, before closing in a similar manner to the beginning. The pentatonic modality is used throughout, though there are also stirring false relations and chromatic sections. Despite its relative brevity and content, the piece has, since its publication in 1961, gained a place in the modern viola repertoire.

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