Ten Blake Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams
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These songs for tenor or soprano and oboe were composed for the film The Vision of William Blake, in which all except the second and third songs of the set were used alongside music from Job to form the soundtrack. The settings richly conjure the moods and sentiments of Blake's poems, the first nine of which are from Songs of Innocence and of Experience, with the final song setting words from his poem Auguries of Experience. The oboe part may alternatively be played on the violin or on B-flat clarinet, though the composer stated that oboe was preferable.


  • Infant Joy
  • A Poison Tree
  • The Piper
  • London
  • The Lamb
  • The shepherd
  • Ah!Sun-flower
  • Cruelty has a human heart
  • The divine image
  • Eternity

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193850262
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 16
Duration: 19 Mins
Publication Date: 26/08/2004
ISBN: 9780193850262
Voices: 2-5
Force: Voice & oboe


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