Turtle Dove

“Turtle Dove” by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote a full arrangement of this piece in 1919, after he discovered the melody in 1904 while collecting folksongs. The text dates back to 1710, which tells the story of two lovers that vow to remain faithful as one travels far from home.

This beautiful work by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams would have taken place in the second half of our Spring program this past April. Our new tenor, Michael Fenn, sings the text delightfully and brings this work to life. Please enjoy the first of many Virtual Choirs to come from the Arizona Repertory Singers.