Dona Nobis Pacem

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vocal score
In Stock


for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB, and full orchestra or string orchestra with piano
Drawing upon the Bible, sections from the Mass, and poems by Walt Whitman, this is a powerful musical evocation of the destruction and death brought about through war and violence, with an overarching message of peace and reconciliation. It was composed in 1936, a time when war was threatening to engulf Europe once again, and the title, which translates as 'Give us peace', is as relevant now as it was when the work was premiered in 1936. Featuring some of the composer's most potent music (both serene and violent), it makes an affecting plea. Materials for the full orchestra version and an accompaniment for strings and piano are available on hire.

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193388611
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 72
Duration: 40 Mins
Publication Date: 18/06/1936
ISBN: 9780193388611
Format: 254x178
Voices: SATB
Force: Soprano & baritone soli, SATB, string orchestra & piano/full orchestra/small orchestra
Instrumentation: Full orchestra: 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 4 tpt (2 opt), 5 tbn (2 opt), tba, timp, 3 perc (BD, TD, SD, cym, tam-tam, tri, tamb, glock, bells), hp, org (opt), str
Reduced orchestra: fl, ob, 2 hn, trp, timp, hp, org, str
Level of difficulty: C


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