Folk Songs of the Four Seasons

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Chorus part
In stock


This cantata features sixteen highly-varied folk song settings, bound together in seasonal groupings to take the listener on an engaging journey through the year from Spring to Winter. The prologue implores us to 'sing and be merry', and many of the songs facilitate this with their charmingly light-hearted melodies and imaginative orchestral accompaniment. There are also darker moments, such as the haunting and heart-rending setting of 'The Unquiet Grave' in 'Autumn'. An orchestral suite (arranged by Roy Douglas) is available on hire, and several of the individual movements are available on sale.


  • Early in the Spring
  • The Lark in the Morning
  • May Song
  • Summer is a-coming in
  • The Cuckoo
  • The Sprig of Thyme
  • The Sheep Shearing
  • The Green Meadow
  • JohnBarleycorn
  • The Unquiet Grave
  • An Acre of Land
  • Children's Christmas Song
  • Wassail Song
  • In Bethlehem City
  • God bless the Master

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193871007
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 48
Duration: 45 Mins
Publication Date: 01/06/1950
ISBN: 9780193871007
Voices: Upper Voices - 3 parts or more
Force: Women's chorus & orchestra/chamber orchestra/strings & piano
Instrumentation: Original instrumentation:
Reduced instrumentation:
Level of difficulty: B-C


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