form "A Garland for the Queen"
|for||Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella|
|Musical Editions||Choir score|
|Author / Composer||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|Text||Ursula Vaughan Williams|
|Publisher / Producer||Oxford University Press|
Vaughan Williams composed this setting of a poem by his wife Ursula in 1953 to form part of A Garland for the Queen, a collection of ten tributes to the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II by leading British composers and poets. It is dedicated 'to the memory of Charles Villiers Stanford, and his Blue Bird', and reflects Stanford's masterpiece in its harmonic language, floating soprano part, unaccompanied scoring, and haunting atmosphere.