Flos Campi: suite for solo viola, small chorus and small orchestra is a composition by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, completed in 1925. Its title is Latin for "flower of the field". It is neither a concerto nor a choral piece, although it prominently features the viola and a wordless choir. The piece is divided into six movements, played without pause, each headed by a verse from the Song of Solomon:
As in his Sinfonia antartica, the quotations are intended to be read by the listener, and are not intended to be part of the performance. The quotations are:
In addition to the solo viola, the score calls for flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion (bass drum, tabor, cymbals, and triangle), harp, celesta, and strings (not to number more than: 6 first violins, 6 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, and 2 double basses). The eight-part chorus should consist of 20 to 26 singers (six to eight each of sopranos and altos plus four or five each of tenors and basses). The work lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Performances & Interviews
- Vaughan Williams: Flos Campihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tn3p4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tn3p4.jpg2014-05-11T14:51:00.000ZCharles Hazlewood explores Ralph Vaughan Williams suite, Flos Campi.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yxfym
Vaughan Williams: Flos CampiCharles Hazlewood explores Ralph Vaughan Williams suite, Flos Campi.