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Symphony No. 8

By Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Full orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons (opt 3rd), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, 4 percussion [opt 5th], 2 harp, celeste, strings) - D
Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Edited by David Lloyd-Jones. Orchestral parts for sale. Study score. 120 pages. Duration 28'. Oxford University Press #9780193413306. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193413306).

Item Number: OU.9780193413306

ISBN 9780193413306. 10 x 7 inches.

Vaughan Williams wrote his Symphony No. 8 between 1953 and 1955, when he was in his eighties. It is his shortest symphony, and is considered by many to be his least serious. Aside from a few sombre moments, the symphony is optimistic in mood and displays Vaughan Williams's love for exotic and colourful combinations of instruments, with a percussion sections that, he said, employs 'all the 'phones and 'spiels known to the composer'. For this newly engraved edition, editor David Lloyd-Jones has consulted all extant sources and materials to create a score matching the composer's intentions. The full score is completed with Textual Notes and Preface, and accompanying orchestral parts are available on hire.

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