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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born: 12th October 1872, Down Ampney

Died: 26th August 1958, London

Nationality: English

Ralph Vaughan Williams, was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century.

Vaughan Williams was born to a well-to-do family with strong moral views and a progressive social life. Throughout his life he sought to be of service to his fellow citizens, and believed in making music as available as possible to everybody.

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Recording of the Week, John Wilson and Sinfonia of London perform music for strings by English composers

Following on from their 2021 album of English music for strings, John Wilson and his orchestra offer a spectacular selection of works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Herbert Howells, and Delius.

Interview, Midori Komachi on the violin works of Vaughan Williams

The violinist talks about her recent album of Vaughan Williams's music for violin and piano, with Simon Callaghan.

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