A Masque for Dancing

Ralph Vaughan Williams
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The one-act ballet Job has been described as one of Vaughan Williams's mightiest achievements. It is a work which, in a full production, combines painting, literature, music, and dance. The work was inspired by William Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job, and includes quotations from the King James Bible. The result is a musical masterpiece, combining the ancient and the modern: Vaughan Williams's earlier style is in evidence, including tranquil pastoral melodies, but the work also anticipates the composer's later style. This new, scholarly edition, edited by Julian Rushton, will replace the existing OUP edition from 1934, and will include detailed preliminary matter, comprising a preface, sources and editorial method, and detailed textual notes.


  • Introduction
  • Saraband of the Sons of God
  • Satan's Dance of Triumph
  • Minuet ofthe Sons of Job and their Wives
  • Job's Dream
  • Dance of the Three Messengers
  • Dance of Job's Comforters
  • Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty
  • Pavane of the Sons of the Morning
  • Galliard of the Sons of the Morning
  • Altar Dance

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193514324
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Duration: 45 Mins
Publication Date: 17/07/2018
Format: 246x189
Force: Full orchestra
Instrumentation: 3 fl (III+picc&afl, III opt - II must then double picc), 2 ob (II opt), ca, 3 cl (III opt, doubled by bcl), bcl, asx (opt), 2 bn, cbn (opt), 4 hn, 3 tpt (III opt), 3 tbn, tba, 2 hp (II hp), org, timp, perc, str
Percussion: SD, tri, BD, cym, xylo, glock, tam
Level of difficulty: C


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