This is the first publication of Vaughan Williams's earliest substantial work for orchestra, composed 1897-8 and premiered in April 1901. This attractive work already shows evidence of the composer's emerging musical style and sure grasp of orchestral techniques. Its five movements display much variety and sense of overall architecture, with a sombre opening Prelude, a fleet-footed Scherzo, a graceful Intermezzo and Trio, a delicate Romance, and a boisterous Finale. This new edition has been carefully prepared from the original manuscript by Julian Rushton and comes with full textual commentary. Orchestral material is available on
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)Edited by Julian Rushton
"The Serenade for Small Orchestra was written in 1897-8 and was Vaughan Williams' first substantial work fro orchestra. The first performance, as far as is knowm the only one in the composer's lifetime, took place in the Bournemouth Winter Gardens in April 1901, given by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, conducted by Dan Godfrey. The five movements - Prelude, Scherzo, Intermezzo and Trio, Romance, and Finale - are full or interest in their musical detail and show the young composer working out his compositional and orchestral techniques and hinting at the mature style to come."