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Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Prelude on the hymn tune ‘Rhosymedre’


Arranged for piano solo by Bryan Kelly

Treasured by organists, but no less admired in its orchestral arrangement often heard on Classic FM, this delightful prelude on the Welsh hymn tune known as Rhosymedre is a perfect union of the style of Bach and RVW. No less aptly known by the name of ‘Lovely’, the tune appears in the manner of a choral prelude, which Bryan Kelly has skilfully re-crafted for piano solo.

Of intermediate difficulty, and well within the range of players of Grade 5 standard or above, this new version of the piece also complements the arrangement for piano duet by Reginald Hadfield, already available in Stainer & Bell’s Easy Festival Duet series.

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This beautiful arrangement by Bryan Kelly gives pianists the opportunity to appreciate one of Vaughan Williams’ most popular works. It is well with in the capability of Grade 5 standard pianists and, via some necessary effective pedal and left hand work, combines the original counterpoint features with a pianistic rendering of the reflective and contemplative melody.
Fiona Lau, Music Teacher Magazine
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