Three Shakespeare Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vocal score
In Stock


for S(S)ATB unaccompanied
Three Shakespeare Songs comprises three short movements setting texts from Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream. They were composed as test pieces for the 1951 British Federation of Music Festivals National Competitive Festival. The atmospheric first movement, 'Full fathom five', is mystical and beguiling, with eerie, hypnotic mimicry of bell tolls in the upper voices. 'The Cloud-Capp'd Towers', the slower central movement, recalls Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 6 in its harmonic language, while the third movement 'Over hill, over dale' is lively conclusion to the set, full of harmonic and rhythmic interest.


  • Full fathom five
  • The cloud capp'd towers
  • Over hill, over dale

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193438279
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 20
Duration: 7 Mins
Publication Date: 08/02/1951
ISBN: 9780193438279
Format: 254x178
Voices: SATB
Force: S(S)ATB unaccompanied
Level of difficulty: B-C


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