SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

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: SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 15432 13217 12765
Key: F Major
Copyright: From the English Hymnal, 1906. Used by permission of Oxford University Press.

Notes

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906.

Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vigorous and jubilant with a rhythmic energy characteristic of Vaughan Williams's hymn tunes. Its broad dimensions and use of triplets may appear formidable, but it is a glorious tune that can be sung in unison by congregations who have good choral and organ leadership. Try singing antiphonally with a choir of children or adults singing the stanzas and the entire congregation singing the refrain. Note how Vaughan Williams has neatly steered the stanzas right back into the refrain without a pause. Accompany with a sense of majesty and strength.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2014) pp. 32
  • Hymn Miniatures: 28 Practical Settings for the Church's Year
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    Published By: Oxford University Press (2008) pp. 34
  • Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 6
  • Thine the Glory: Accessible Organ Music for Lent and Easter
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 32
  • The Philadelphia Organ Book: Six Short Pieces for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Dorothy J. Papadakos
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (2002) pp. 23
  • Worship the King: Six Short Pieces for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Dorothy J. Papadakos
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (2002) pp. 23
  • Five for Christmas
    Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1999) pp. 3
  • Partita on Salve fest dies "Hail Thee, Festival Day": For Organ
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 2
  • Partita on Salve feste dies Hall Thee, Festival Day
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 2
  • 3 Hymns of Praise Set 5
    Composer/Editor Robert A. Hobby
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1998) pp. 10
  • Laudate! Volume 4: Organ Music Based on the 100 Most Popular Hymns in Worship III and Gather
    Composer/Editor James W. Kosnik
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1997) pp. 65
  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book XI: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Summa Productions (1994) pp. 8
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 11: Easter: M - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Kenneth T. Kosche
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982) pp. 22, 25

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Thirty-Three Hymn Descants and Melodies for All Seasons
    Composer/Editor Patricia D. Backhaus
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 37
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361-441

    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 394
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361 - 441
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 394
  • Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations Volume 5: Settings by Jeffrey Blersch
    Composer/Editor Jeffrey N. Blersch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2008) pp. 18
  • The St. Francis Collection of Free Accompaniments to Hymn Tunes: 80 Settings by Various Composers
    Composer/Editor Dirk van Dissel
    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (2005) pp. 94
  • The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2000) pp. 147
  • The Creative Use of Descants in Worship: The Creative Church Musician Series / Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1999) pp. 97
  • Saint Mark's Organ Book: Introductions, Reharmonizations and Organ Descants for Ten Hymns
    Composer/Editor Joel Martinson
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1993) pp. 12
  • 22 Hymn Settings
    Composer/Editor Richard Heschke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1990) pp. 22
  • Basic Hymn Accompaniments Volume II: Lent - Easter - Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Thomas R. Pearce
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1988) pp. 20
  • 48 Hymn Decants for Festive and General Use: By Various Composers
    Composer/Editor Scott S. Withrow
    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (1980) pp. 21

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 8 Number 4 March April 1992: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1992) pp. 14

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