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Ralph Vaughn Williams - Quintet in D Major (1898)
The Quintet in D Major by Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872–1958) is surely off-topic for a blog devoted to contemporary music. Its style owes a great deal to Johannes Brahms, and its composition date is firmly within the Romantic Period. But what stirs the interest of a contemporary hornist is the piece's unusual performance history. After possibly only a single performance in 1901, it lay in storage for nearly a hundred years until Faber published it and authorized a “re-premiere” in 2001.