News from the publishers

The publication of RVW’s output is shared between six publishers, all contributing to the promotion of the anniversary year.

To mark the anniversary Oxford University Press (OUP) announced that it will donate a collection of RVW archive materials to the British Library. The donation will enable scholars, musicologists, and the public to access important historic items relating to one of the major British composers of the twentieth century. The collection will include music copyists’ full scores prepared for initial (pre-publication) performance, items with amendments in Vaughan Williams’s own hand, proof copies, manuscripts, and full scores marked by the conductors who gave early performances of his works. OUP is also adding the Concerto for Tenor Tuba (an arrangement of the Concerto for Tuba), Scott of the Antarctic – The Composer’s Cut (for live performance with the 1948 film), and a new critical edition of Folk Songs of the Four Seasons to their catalogue.

Stainer & Bell celebrates RVW150 with publication of The Future for chorus and orchestra, a major unfinished score now completed by Martin Yates, a new edition of A Sea Symphony, and an Anniversary Choral Collection, a comprehensive programme of materials enabling choirs to present their own tribute to the composer. In addition, a fine original portrait of the composer by Mariusz Kaldowski (2013), acquired by Stainer’s managing director, Antony Kearns, now greets visitors to the company.

Meanwhile, Faber have a new orchestration by David Matthews of the Romance and Pastoral while Boosey & Hawkes are publishing a new edition of the Horn Sonata.

To find any individual piece of Vaughan Williams’s printed music – or to get in touch with the publisher – search our catalogue of published works.