for SSA and piano
This setting, which opens the Autumn section of the Vaughan Williams's cantata Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, uses a combination of pomp and wit to convey the gathering of the harvest. The character of John Barleycorn personifies the crop barley, and the song is a tongue-in-cheek telling of the indignities that he suffers at the hands of his farmers. Full and reduced orchestral accompaniments for the complete cantata are available on hire.
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.