KING'S WESTON

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Through his composing, conducting, collecting, editing, and teaching, Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England, October 12, 1872; d. Westminster, London, England, August 26, 1958) became the chief figure in the realm of English music and church music in the first half of the twentieth century. His education included instruction at the Royal College of Music in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as additional studies in Berlin and Paris. During World War I he served in the army medical corps in France. Vaughan Williams taught music at the Royal College of Music (1920-1940), conducted the Bach Choir in London (1920-1927), and directed the Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking (1905-1953). A major influence i… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: KING'S WESTON
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1925)
Meter: 6.5.6.5 D
Incipit: 12321 71234 51345
Key: d minor
Copyright: Copyright 1925 by R. Vaughan Williams

Notes

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed KING'S WESTON for this text. It was published in Songs of Praise (1925). The combination of text and tune in a festive hymn¬-anthem by Vaughan Williams has become a favorite of many church choirs. The tune's title refers to a manor house on the Avon River near Bristol, England.

KING'S WESTON is a great tune marked by distinctive rhythmic structures and a soaring climax in the final two lines. Like many of Vaughan Williams's tunes, it is best sung in unison with moderate accompaniment to support this vigorous melody. For festive services use the descant in Vaughan Williams's anthem for stanza 4, or combine select choral stanzas from this anthem with congregational stanzas in the manner hymn concertato, using E minor throughout.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 1: General Hymns I
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
  • Twenty-Six Hymn Introductions
    Composer/Editor John Eggert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 19
  • An Organist's Book of Hymns: The Liturgical Year: 3 Part Hymns and Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Noel Jones
    Published By: Frog Music (2014) pp. 94
  • As Though the Whole Creation Cried Volume 2: Fifty Hymn Harmonizations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 54, 56
  • Hymn Intonations, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations Volume XV: More Intonations and Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor David Hurd
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (2008) pp. 6-8
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361-441
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; David McCarthy; Frederick Frahm
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 416
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361 - 441
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; John Helgen
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 416
  • The St. Francis Collection of Free Accompaniments to Hymn Tunes: 80 Settings by Various Composers
    Composer/Editors Dirk van Dissel; Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (2005) pp. 50
  • As Though the Whole Creation Cried: Fifty Hymn Harmonizations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2001) pp. 42
  • Pull Out the Stops! Volume II: Congregational Song Accompaniments for Organ
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; Frederick Frahm
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 98
  • Creative Hymn Accompaniments for Organ: Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1996) pp. 18
  • Hymn Intonations, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations Volume VIII: Still More Intonations
    Composer/Editor Richard Proulx
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (1996) pp. 18
  • Hymn Harmonizations Set 4
    Composer/Editor Edmund Shay
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1995) pp. LL
  • Hymn Intonations, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations Volume VI: Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Richard Proulx
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (1992) pp. 8
  • Hymn Harmonizations for Organ: Book IV
    Composer/Editor John A. Ferguson
    Published By: Ludwig Music Publishing Co. (1987) pp. 10
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 8
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 67, 99
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 15: Lesser Festivals: K - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Richard Wienhorst
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 11
  • 25 Festive Hymns for Organ and Choir
    Composer/Editor Erik Routley
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1982) pp. 30
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 14: Sunday of the Fulfillment Christ the King Sunday Lesser Festivals: A - J
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; David N. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982) pp. 15
  • Hymns for the Church Year: 68 Accompaniment Settings for Keyboard of the Hymns of the Day
    Composer/Editor Roger Petrich
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1980) pp. 49
  • Intonations on Selected Hymns
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1976) pp. 11

Organ Solo

  • Again, I Say, Rejoice!: Festive Postludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Brenda Portman
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (2018) pp. 34
  • Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists Volume 4 Easter and Ascension: 29 Original Pieces on Hymns for Easter and Ascension
    Composer/Editors Rebecca Groom Te Velde; David Blackwell; Craig Phillips
    Published By: Oxford University Press (2015) pp. 38
  • Six Hymn Improvisations Set 10
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 11
  • 8 Easy Chorale Preludes for All Seasons Set 2
    Composer/Editor Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2014) pp. 8
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Six Tunes JKL: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; David A. deSilva
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2014) pp. 42
  • Hymn Tunes A to Z: 38 Organ Settings for Worship or Recital
    Composer/Editor Douglas E. Wagner
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 122
  • At the Name of Jesus: Four Hymns of Devotion
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2012) pp. 4
  • A British Perspective: Melodies and Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Marilyn Biery
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 7
  • Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ Volume 7: Musica Sacra
    Composer/Editor Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 21
  • I Sing the Almighty Power of God Vol III: Organ Voluntaries on the Hymn Tunes of Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Composer/Editors Robert Lind; Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Published By: Oxford University Press (2008) pp. 1
  • Triptych on "At the Name of Jesus"
    Composer/Editor William H. Bates
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2007) pp. 3
  • Ten Trios on Familiar Hymns
    Composer/Editor David M. Lasky
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (2003) pp. 8
  • Organ Music for the Seasons Volume 3
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Ennis Fruhauf; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2002) pp. 11
  • Augsburg Organ Library November
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; John Hebden Schaffner
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2000) pp. 42, 45
  • Organ Miniatures: 200 Short Improvisations on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 62
  • Organ Music for the Seasons Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Ryan French; John Hebden Schaffner
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1999) pp. 8
  • 100 Hymn Preludes for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Norman Warren
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 160
  • Hymn Intonations, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations Volume VIII: Still More Intonations
    Composer/Editor Richard Proulx
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (1996) pp. 18
  • Praise and Thanksgiving: Hymn Improvisations Set 3
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1993) pp. 6
  • Seven Choral Preludes for Easter and Ascension: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael Bedford
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1989) pp. 16
  • Seven Chorale Preludes for Ascension and Easter: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael Bedford
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1989) pp. 16
  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book VI: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Summa Productions (1987) pp. 2
  • Nine Hymn-Tune Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Anita Denniston Bassett
    Published By: Ludwig Music Publishing Co. (1985) pp. 3
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 7 Number 4 June 1985 General, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Alfred V. Fedak
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1985) pp. 10
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 15: Lesser Festivals: K - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Richard Wienhorst
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 10
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 14: Sunday of the Fulfillment Christ the King Sunday Lesser Festivals: A - J
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; David N. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982) pp. 14
  • Preludes for the Hymns in Worship Supplement Volume II: Lent - Easter Nos. 725 - 744
    Composer/Editor Richard Wienhorst
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1972) pp. 36
  • Easy Trios: Music for Worship
    Composer/Editor David N. Johnson
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1969) pp. 30

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 28 Number 3 January February 2012: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 70
  • Sunday Morning Blend: 25 Solo Keyboard Medleys for Contemporary Worship Volume 2: Hymns plus Praise & Worship Songs Includes Chord Symbols
    Composer/Editor Carol McMillen Tornquist
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (2002) pp. 33
  • Exalted on High: Worship Medleys for Piano
    Composer/Editor Bruce Greer
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1998) pp. 35
  • Cindy Berry Presents: At the Name of Jesus, God of Our Praise, I Worship You, and Other Piano Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Cindy Berry
    Published By: Genevox Music Group (1997) pp. 16
  • The Church Pianist Volume 11 Number 5 May June 1995: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1995) pp. 3

Voices: Organ, Brass, and Voices

  • Brass Accompaniments for The Worshiping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 22

Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #19

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Ancient and Modern #98b

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #396

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #718

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Catholic Book of Worship III #427

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #287

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Chalice Hymnal #470

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #319

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Christian Worship #344

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Common Praise (1998) #375

Common Praise #380b

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #53

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #416

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Glory to God #154

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Glory to God #217

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Glory to God #264

Hymnal #342

Hymns and Psalms #199

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #213

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #548

Hymns of the Saints #445

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #465

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Lift Up Your Hearts #220

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Lutheran Service Book #509

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Lutheran Service Book #512

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Lutheran Worship #178

Moravian Book of Worship #480

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Moravian Book of Worship #651

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #365

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #467

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Rejoice in the Lord #336

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Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #279

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #909

Santo, Santo, Santo #657

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #232

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Sing! A New Creation #265

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Singing the New Testament #157

Singing the New Testament #218

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Small Church Music #1258

The Book of Praise #340

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The Hymnal 1982 #435

The New Century Hymnal #255

The New Century Hymnal #586

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The New English Hymnal #50

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #148

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The United Methodist Hymnal #167b

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The United Methodist Hymnal #168

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The United Methodist Hymnal #592

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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #99

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The Worshiping Church #722

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #163

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #285

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #270

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #368

Voices Together #279

Voices United #97

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Voices United #335

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Worship (3rd ed.) #499

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Worship (4th ed.) #563

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Worship (4th ed.) #860

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Worship and Rejoice #321

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Worship and Rejoice #555

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Worship Supplement 2000 #763

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