Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Garden of Proserpine, The. Rental
Full score and instrumental material
(Vocal scores are available for sale (D101))
Duration: 25 minutes
For soprano soloist and SATB choir with two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets (in B flat and A), two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, harp and strings.
Composed between 1897 and 1899 and lasting around 25 minutes, The Garden of Proserpine is a major early score by Vaughan Williams which remained unperformed during the composer’s lifetime and for over fifty years thereafter. The music is a rich and revealing setting for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra of a celebrated Pre-Raphaelite poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne. The Garden of Proserpine has been recorded on Albion Records (ALBCD012) by Jane Irwin (soprano) with the Joyful Company of Singers and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Daniel.