Fantasia on a theme of Vaughan Williams : for orchestra
by Paul Stanhope (2003)
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This piece pays homage to the famous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Vaughan Williams uses a simple hymn-like choral piece by Thomas Tallis for his work; similarly I have used the famous hymn tune 'Down Ampney' by Vaughan Williams as the thematic basis for mine. Rather than limit the piece to just strings, as did Vaughan Williams, I have used the full complement of orchestral instruments including a large percussion battery.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (3 players), celesta, strings.
Duration: 17 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional orchestra or high level youth orchestra
Contents note: 1. Fanfares -- 2. Lugubrious -- 3. Percussive -- 4. a) Photo negative, b) Chorales with walking bass -- 5. "Fanfares" reprise -- 6. Hymn.
Originally titled Fantasia on a theme by Vaughan Williams.
This work was awarded 1st place in the Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize in 2004.
Revised 2005. Corrections made May 2010.
Awards & Prizes
|2004||Toru Takemitsu Composition Award||Winner||Paul Stanhope|
Program note for Paul Stanhope's "Certain Resonances"
by Natalie Shea
Source: Published by Symphony Services
Article: Dawn of a new world symphony
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Source: Source: The Australian, 24 March 2009, pp.13
Program note: Paul Stanhope's "Fantasia on a Theme by Vaughan Williams"
by Paul Stanhope
- In the form/style of: Fantasias
Performances of this work
28 Apr 2012: at Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios). Featuring Benjamin Northey, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
10 Sep 11: featuring BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
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