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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Composer

Vaughan Williams' music is often considered an epitome of Englishness, and there is considerable truth in this - his use of English folk-songs and harmonic and melodic devices inspired by them is an important part of his music.

However, his style is by no means provincial or parochial - he also studied under the French Impressionist master Ravel, absorbing and adapting much of his thinking on harmony - and there is certainly much more to him than Peter Warlock's unkind comment about music that 'sounds like a cow looking over a gate' would suggest.

Further Reading: Vaughan Williams

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams Symphonies from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins continues his Vaughan Williams cycle with the sharply-contrasted Third and Fourth symphonies, as well as the première of a newly-restored work for tenor, chorus and orchestra.

 Interview, Vaughan Williams's The Song of Love

David talks to mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, pianist William Vann and Albion Records' John Francis about their recently-released album of songs and duets by Vaughan Williams, including a number of works never recorded before.

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