Ralph Vaughan Williams
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1872-10-12
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Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Ralph Vaughan Williams OM ( 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty years. Strongly influenced ...

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Biography

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM ( 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty 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.

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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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A Sea Symphony
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A Sea Symphony
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The House of life, Silent Noon
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The House of life, Silent Noon
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Adagio, Andante Sostenuto, Largetto
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Adagio, Andante Sostenuto, Largetto
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The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music)
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The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music)
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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (BBC Symphony Orchestra tour to Holland)
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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (BBC Symphony Orchestra tour to Holland)
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The Wasps - Overture
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The Wasps - Overture
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3 Shakespeare songs for chorus
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3 Shakespeare songs for chorus
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2nd movement - Minuet and musette (Allegro moderato) from Concerto in A minor for oboe and string orchestra
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2nd movement - Minuet and musette (Allegro moderato) from Concerto in A minor for oboe and string orchestra
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5 English folk songs, arr. for chorus: no.2; The Springtime of the year
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5 English folk songs, arr. for chorus: no.2; The Springtime of the year
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Three Impressions for orchestra - No. 2, The Solent
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Three Impressions for orchestra - No. 2, The Solent
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Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (Snape Proms)
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Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (Snape Proms)
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Symphony No.8; IV. Toccata colle campanella
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Symphony No.8; IV. Toccata colle campanella
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The Wasps (Aristophanic suite) - overture
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The Wasps (Aristophanic suite) - overture
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Wassail (from 5 folk song arrangements)
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Wassail (from 5 folk song arrangements)
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus and orchestra
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Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus and orchestra
Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing, Paul Leddington Wright, English traditional Melody, Ralph Vaughan Williams & Bishop Phillips Brooks
O Little Town Of Bethlehem (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra & Daniel Moult)
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O Little Town Of Bethlehem (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra & Daniel Moult)

O Little Town Of Bethlehem (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra & Daniel Moult)

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Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing
Conductor
Paul Leddington Wright
Featured Artist
The Big Sing Orchestra
Daniel Moult
Composer
English traditional Melody
Lyricist
Bishop Phillips Brooks
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On Christmas Night (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra)
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On Christmas Night (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra)

On Christmas Night (feat. The Big Sing Orchestra)

Choir
Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing
Conductor
Paul Leddington Wright
Featured Artist
The Big Sing Orchestra
Music Arranger
Lyricist
English Traditional
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Heroic Elegy & Triumphal Epilogue
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Heroic Elegy & Triumphal Epilogue
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Playlists featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates


Ralph Vaughan Williams Biography

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM ( 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty 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 outlook. Throughout his life he sought to be of service to his fellow citizens, and believed in making music as available as possible to everybody. He wrote many works for amateur and student performance. He was musically a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907–08 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music and free it from Teutonic influences.

Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British symphonists, noted for his very wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil, from mysterious to exuberant. Among the most familiar of his other concert works are Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) and The Lark Ascending (1914). His vocal works include hymns, folk-song arrangements and large-scale choral pieces. He wrote eight works for stage performance between 1919 and 1951. Although none of his operas became popular repertoire pieces, his ballet Job: A Masque for Dancing (1930) was successful and has been frequently staged.

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