Kingsfold is an Irish tune, dating as far back as the Middle Ages. In structure, the melody resembles other popular Irish tunes such as Star of the County Down. After having heard the tune in Kingsfold, Sussex, England, composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) arranged it as a setting for I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.
Kingsfold is an intermediate-level study in open position. The melody and accompaniment texture, involves p-i-m chords, arpeggiation, and some counterpoint (two melodic lines in the treble and bass). Since bringing out the treble melody is priority, play it legato throughout. To this end, observe the left-hand fingering at the pickup to m. 3:
This same situation recurs throughout the piece, for example, m. 7, 15 etc.
To simplify notation, indefinite ties are used, starting at m. 5. A note with an indefinite tie indicates that it should sound beyond is actual notated duration. In Kingsfold, many indefinite-tied notes should be interpreted as a half note.
Continue to sustain the bass notes at m. 20, as indicated with the marking: simile which means “in a similar way.”
On the first beat of m. 12, the chord G-C-D is fingered to be played on strings (4) (3), and (2). This requires a momentary shift in the left-hand into Position III. At the end of the measure, notice the trill. For full information on trills, see the Ornamentation article.