This study score marks the first publication of a previously little-known early work for chamber orchestra by Vaughan Williams. He started composing Harnham Down in 1904, completing the work in 1907. Over four decades later Vaughan Williams recalled the main theme of the work in his Oxford Elegy, which sets the Matthew Arnold poem (he Scholar Gypsy) that was prefaced in the original score to Harnham Down. The score has been
edited by James Francis Brown and includes an introduction by the editor.
Vaughan Williams has come to be regarded as one of the finest British composers of the 20th century. He has a particularly wide-ranging catalogue of works, including choral works, symphonies, concerti, and opera. His searching and visionary imagination, combined with a flexibility in writing for all levels of music-making, has meant that his music is as popular today as it ever has been.