Forces or Category: SATB, solo vla & orchestra
Orchestration: vla solo, fl (+picc), ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, 2 perc, cel, hp, str (Percussion: BD, cym, tri, tabor or tamb w/out jingles)
for SATB wordless chorus, viola solo, and orchestra
This suite from 1925 is one of Vaughan Williams' most enigmatic pieces. The chorus never articulates a single word, and instead serves as a section of the orchestra, creating an elegant vocal texture and backdrop to the viola's haunting solo lines.