Sancta Civitas - The Holy City


by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Oratorio for tenor, baritone, semi-chorus, SATB chorus and orchestra
Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble
Revelation of St John
3(III=picc) - 4331 - timp - perc(2):susp.cym/cyms/SD/BD - pno - harp - strings
First Performance
7.5.26, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Cranmer/Jones/Oxford Bach Choir & Orchestral Society/H P Allen

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'A man of sense will not insist that things are exactly as I have described them. But I think he will believe that something of the kind is true of the soul and her habitations, seeing that she is shown to be immortal, and that is worthwhile to stake everything on this belief. The venture is a fair one, and he must charm his doubts with spells like these.' Plato: Phaedo - preface to score Read more

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