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Excerpts from A Cambridge Mass

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Uploaded on Oct 11, 2010

An early work by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams is to be performed for the first time after being spotted in an exhibition at Cambridge University Library.

The score of A Cambridge Mass was written by Vaughan Williams for his doctoral examination and has never been heard. It has been in the safe-keeping of Cambridge University Library for more than 100 years.

Vaughan Williams studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the 1890s. Here short excerpts of A Cambridge Mass are played at Trinity by 20-year-old Kausikan Rajeshkumar, currently a final year music student at the college.

A Cambridge Mass has been transcribed from the original score by Alan Tongue who will conduct it at a concert next year. He first saw the score in an exhibition of manuscripts at Cambridge in 2007.

The score of A Cambridge Mass will be published by Stainer & Bell Ltd in 2011. Excerpts played with kind permission of Stainer & Bell.

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