Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Five Mystical Songs. Arr. SSAA
Arranged for SSAA Baritone solo and orchestra by Donald Armstrong.
Following the publication and recording of Willow Wood, for solo baritone, SSAA chorus and orchestra, the Five Mystical Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams are now available in an arrangement for same forces of baritone and upper voices, but with the orchestral accompaniment entirely unchanged from the well-known original.
A particular feature of this arrangement by Donald Armstrong is a new realisation of the ever-popular Antiphon in which the composer’s alternatives for performing this song as a vocal solo or with SATB chorus are combined into a movement for baritone and SSAA, with the soloist here singing from the chorus part rather than the vocal score. It will be welcomed by any choral society looking to explore lesser known works for high voices, and could indeed be the focus for an entire evening of music drawn from this fascinating choral genre.