Ralph Vaughan Williams (18721958)

Songs of Travel

for voice and orchestra
Hawkes Pocket Scores HPS 1570

for: Voice, orchestra

Study score

Item no.682469
Author/ComposerRalph Vaughan Williams
Scope86 pages; 19 × 26 cm
Duration23 minutes
Release year2018
Publisher/ProducerBoosey & Hawkes
Producer No.BH 13306
48.00 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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First publication of the orchestral cycle Songs of Travel, setting poems of Robert Louis Stevenson. Three of the nine orchestrations are by the composer, dating from 1905; the remainder were scored by his assistant Roy Douglas in 1960, two years after the composer's death.

Among the latter was the hitherto lost epilogue I have trod the upward and the downward path. In his memoir Working with Vaughan Williams Douglas wondered: Should I score them in my own style (the answer was clearly no), in the style of the orchestrations he had made in 1905, or in the way he might have scored them in 1958 (which would have been vastly different)? The final result was a typically British compromise, but I took care to use in my scoring only those instruments which he had used in 1905.


  • The Vagabond
  • Let Beauty awake
  • The Roadside Fire
  • Youth and Love
  • In dreams
  • The infinite shining heavens
  • Whither must I wander
  • Bright is the ring of words
  • I have trod the upward and the downward slope