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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Phantasy Quintet

Phantasy Quintet

(p.337) Chapter 79 Phantasy Quintet
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The Phantasy Quintet was written at the request of Mr W. W. Cobbett, as one of his series for various combinations of instruments. Cobbett was an amateur violinist, and a patron and enthusiast of chamber music. He is credited with the concept of modeling a work on the Elizabethan form of “Phantasy” or “Fancy.” It is in four very short movements, which succeed each other without a break. There is one principal theme (given out by the viola at the start) that runs through every movement—Prelude, Scherzo (this is a quick movement—the longest of the four), “Alla sarabanda” (here the 'cello is silent and the other instruments are muted.), and Burlesca (this movement is, for the most part, in the form of a “basso ostinato”).

Keywords:   Phantasy Quintet, W. W. Cobbett, chamber music, Elizabethan form, Phantasy, Fancy, Prelude, Scherzo, Alla sarabanda, Burlesca

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