Sunday, May 4, 2014

Playlist Suggestion - Vaughan Williams

Last night was the Heritage Philharmonic's Spring concert. Our feature piece, in addition to the Young Artists soloists (who were wonderful!) was the Vaughan Williams Symphony #5. This is a wonderful symphony, and I was really blown away playing it. I love how Vaughan Williams brings the songs and melodies from his native England into his own compositions. My favorite is called Rhosymedre, a hymn written in the 1800's by John David Edwards, named for the town of Rhosymedre in Wales. VW used this tune in one of his organ compositions, and it was later scored for orchestra. Both versions are wonderful. Here is the orchestral version. Enjoy!

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