Hugh the Drover - Love in the Stocks


by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Romantic ballad opera in 2 acts
Child H (Author)
Harold Child
2(I=picc).2.2.2 - 4231 - timp - perc(2): SD/BD/cyms/tgl/bells - harp - stringsOn stage: Cornet(=tpt).BD.picc.2 SD(tabor).bugleOff stage: horn(s).tuba or trbn (ad lib)
Hugh the Drover (T); Mary (S); Aunt Jane (C); The Turnkey (T); The Constable (B); John the Butcher (B-Bar); A Sergeant (high Bar); A Showman (high Bar); A Ballad Seller (T); SATB Chorus (including various minor roles); non-singing characters
First Performance
14.7.24, His Majesty's Theatre, London: British National Opera Company/Malcolm Sargent

Vocal score 0-571-51408-1 on sale, full score and parts for hire. Available from Faber Music in the following territories: UK, Eire, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Jamaica and South Africa.

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'...I have an idea for an opera written to real words, with a certain amount of real English music and also a real English subject might just hit the nail right on the head...and the whole thing might be folk-sony-y in character, with a certain amount of real ballad stuff thrown opera on more or less accepted lines and preferably a comedy, to be full of tunes, and lively, and one tune that will really come off.' From a letter to Harold Child (librettist), 1910 Read more

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