• General Information:
I. What God hath done is rightly done - [Vivace assai]
II. Lord, hear my longing - [Adagio]
III. See what his love can do - [Tranquillo]
IV. Ah! how ephemeral - [Vivace]
V. Sheep may safely graze - [Adagio]
VI. Praise be to God - [Moderato]
• Arrangement: Arranged by the composer in 1940, from the score to the ballet The Wise Virgins.
• First Performance: Unknown
• Duration: About 19 minutes
• Craggs Catalog Number: C38a
• Instrumentation: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons – 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones – timpani – harp – strings
• Manuscript: There is no known surviving manuscript of this suite.
• Publication: Oxford University Press, 1942. Score, parts, and piano reduction are available on hire. Materials available for purchase:
|The Wise Virgins Suite||1986||Study score||ISBN 019 3613840||Buy from SheetMusicPlus.com|
|No. 4, ‘Ah! how ephemeral’, arr. Walter Goehr||1960||Two pianos||Discontinued|
|No. 5, ‘Sheep may safely graze’||1942||Score||Discontinued|
Ah! how ephemeral’, arranged for two pianos, by Walter Goehr, c.1960. See publication information above.
The Wise Virgins: complete ballet, arranged by Philip Lane. This version incorporates the entire orchestral suite.
• Adaptations: The suite to The Wise Virgins was itself used as the basis for the following ballet:
Cantus Firmus. Jeanne Brabants choreography. First Performance: Friday, 15 May 1970. Royal Flemish Opera House, Antwerp. Ballet van Vlaanderen. Frieda Brijs, Philip Vervoort principals. Royal Flemish Opera House Orchestra, Luigi Martelli conductor.
|City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra||Louis Frémaux||1976||EMI Classics 5 73998 2||19’29”|
|London Philharmonic||Bryden Thomson||1990||Chandos CHAN 8871||19’46”|
|English Northern Philharmonia||David Lloyd-Jones||2001||Naxos 8.555868||18’12”|
|BBC Concert Orchestra||Barry Wordsworth||2003||ASV DCA 1168||17’55”