Reconciliation from Dona Nobis Pacem, Vaughan Williams - Piano

Ralph Vaughan WIlliams - "Reconciliation" from his cantata Dona Nobis Pacem now available in a newly transcribed arrangement by Len Rhodes for piano solo; based on the opening thirty-six bars. The rights to this arrangement were generously granted by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Estate.  This arrangement for piano solo is only available through this site.

I worked with Ursula Vaughan Williams in the 1970's on the preparation of some music for her, and considered myself very fortunate to have had a direct link with her husband.

“…Among the poems by Walt Whitman (1819–1892) which RVW had set to music before the First World War was the Dirge for Two Veterans. This became the starting point for a new work in which he used two more poems both of which, Beat, beat drums, and Reconciliation, came from Whitman’s experiences during the American Civil War….all linked by a soprano voice whose repeated, imploring ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ gave the cantata its name...”

          ...from ‘A Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ by Ursula Vaughan Williams, OUP 1964.

WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!
Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost;
 That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, incessantly softly wash again, and ever again, this soil’d world:
 ... For my enemy is dead—a man divine as myself is dead;
 I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin—I draw near;
 I bend down, and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.

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