Dramatic Vocalise Database




Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872–1958)


Old King Cole (1923)


Ballet for orchestra and opt. chorus, scenario by Mrs. Edward Vulliamy in association with the composer. First performed in Cambridge on 5 June 1923, conducted by Boris Ord. Published in 1924.1



Michael Kennedy, The Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980), 162–3:

Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams.

The music of the ballet is not a major work but it is fun, and from the solo violin music it is more than likely that the Concerto Accademico stirred in Vaughan Williams's mind.




Michael Kennedy, The Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980), 178–9: