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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (Composer)

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.

Further Reading: Vaughan Williams

 Recording of the Week, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla: The British Project

The Lithuanian conductor and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra present evocative and dramatic accounts of four works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Walton.

 Interview, Antonio Pappano on Vaughan Williams and Strauss

The conductor discusses his recent recordings of Vaughan Williams symphonies and Strauss orchestral works, his recent appointment at the LSO, and the ongoing impact of lockdowns on musical life.

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