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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.

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 Interview, William Vann on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

William Vann talks to David about a new album recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, devoted entirely to Christmas works by Vaughan Williams and featuring a number of world-première recordings.

 Recording of the Week, Andrew Davis concludes Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

James listens to the final instalment in a cycle begun by the great Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams' evocative Sinfonia Antartica, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

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