This pair of pieces is for solo harp. Both pieces are based on folk songs which have some connection with Wiltshire. 'Salisbury Plain' is based on the folk song of the same name, found in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, edited by Vaughan-Williams and A.L.Lloyd. It is a song that is found all over the country (Vaughn-Williams collected it in Sussex for example), but its title of course provides a link with the locality. 'Maisry' on the other hand is based on the song 'Lady Maisry', which was collected in the workhouse of the Wiltshire town of Tisbury in the early part of the 20th century, and so its connection with Wiltshire, and the location of its premiere, is much closer.