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Finale: "So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side"
||Leigh Henry (1889–1958), calligraphy
||Fanfare: A Musical Causerie, Vol.I, Issue 4|
London: Goodwin & Tabb, Nov. 15, 1921.
||Scanned at 600 dpi
||The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
||Vaughan Williams, Ralph
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1922 July 11, London
- Royal College of Music
- Sir Arthur Bliss, conducting
John Bunyan (1628–1688)
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||Early 20th century
||Early 20th century
||Sopranos; Altos; 2 Trumpets (C); Harp; Bells; Cellos; Double Basses
Later revised as Act IV, Scene 2, of Vaughan Williams' opera The Pilgrim's Progress.
Chronology per PDF attached to Hyperion recording:
- 1906. Vaughan Williams composes incidental music for a performance of Pilgrim's Progress
- 1921-22. this work (Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains) composed. (Finale, only, published in 1921.) (recorded on Hyperion. Described by them - and the composer - as "an operatic scena for six soloists, women's chorus and orchestra")
- 1938-43: Symphony no.5, which quotes from the opera to follow, is composed.
- 1942: the entire Pilgrim's Progress, "a Bunyan Sequence" (incidental music, precedes the opera- see PDF; adapted/reconstructed by Christopher Palmer and recorded on Hyperion.)
- 1951-2: the opera by that name; according to Michael Kennedy, "germinating" from 1906 until 1952; "he surmises, for instance, that much of Acts I and II was (?) written in 1925-36, while the bulk of the work was carried out between 1944 and 1949." (quoting Christopher Palmer, ©1991.)
"Vaughan Williams... was adamant that it was first and foremost an operatic scena rather than a cantata" - notes to the Hyperion recording of Shepherds. (Palmer, ©1992.)