The orchestral version was written in 1920, dedicated to and premiered by Marie Hall. It is one of the most popular pieces in the Classical repertoire among British listeners.
"The Lark Ascending" is inspired by George Meredith's 122-line poem of the same name about the skylark.
The use of pentatonic scale patterns frees the violin from a strong tonal centre, and shows the impressionistic side of Vaughan Williams' style. This liberty also extends to the metre. The cadenzas for solo violin are written without bar lines, lending them a sense of meditational release.