As regular readers will know, I’ve long enjoyed the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Many of you will be familiar with his Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, which was used as background music in the film adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s novel Master and Commander.
Vaughan Williams wrote (among many other works) two marching suites for brass band which he adapted from well-known English tunes. The first is his English Folk Song Suite. The second, sometimes paired with the first in concert performances, is Sea Songs. Both premiered in 1923, and were later orchestrated for concert performances.
I found this performance of both suites while browsing through YouTube looking for something else. I thought you’d enjoy it this morning. The sequence is:
- March (Seventeen Come Sunday)
- March (Sea Songs)
- Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy)
- March (Folk songs from Somerset).
That’s a nice, sprightly way to start your Sunday morning.