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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Five Tudor Portraits

Five Tudor Portraits

(p.361) Chapter 85 Five Tudor Portraits
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

In making a choral suite out of the poems for the Five Tudor Portraits of John Skelton, Ralph Vaughan Williams ventured to take some liberties with the text. Certain omissions have been made necessary, partly by the great length of the original, partly from the fact that certain passages did not lend themselves to musical treatment, and partly that certain lines that look well when read cannot conveniently be sung. Williams changed the order of the lines; this seems legitimate, as there does not appear to be an inevitable sequence in Skelton's original order. This fusion is, he hopes, justified by the fact that the character who sings the song in the play has immediately before quoted a line from “Jolly Rutterkin.” The setting is for baritone solo and chorus.

Keywords:   choral suite, Five Tudor Portraits, John Skelton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jolly Rutterkin, baritone solo, chorus

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