Ralph Vaughan Williams
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1872-10-12
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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams Biography (Wikipedia)

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM ( (listen); 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 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 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 1907–1908 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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Ralph Vaughan Williams Performances & Interviews


Ralph Vaughan Williams Tracks

Ralph Vaughan Williams
A London Symphony - 3rd movement, Scherzo
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A London Symphony - 3rd movement, Scherzo

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March (English Folk Song Suite)
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March (English Folk Song Suite)
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra
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Valiant-for-truth
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Valiant-for-truth
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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
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Songs of Travel: The Infinite Shining Heavens
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Songs of Travel: The Infinite Shining Heavens
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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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Linden Lea
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Linden Lea
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The Lake In The Mountains
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The Lake In The Mountains
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Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Pavane of the Sons of the Morning (Job)
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Pavane of the Sons of the Morning (Job)
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The Wasps (Overture)
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The Wasps (Overture)
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Symphony No 7, 'Sinfonia Antartica' (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 7, 'Sinfonia Antartica' (2nd mvt)
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English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
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Bird of the Sea Rocks (Iphigenia in Tauris)
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Bird of the Sea Rocks (Iphigenia in Tauris)
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The springtime of the year (Five English Folk Songs)
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The springtime of the year (Five English Folk Songs)
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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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Jolly Rutterkin (Five Tudor Portraits)
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Jolly Rutterkin (Five Tudor Portraits)
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English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
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The Cloud Capp'd Towers (Three Shakespeare Songs)
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The Cloud Capp'd Towers (Three Shakespeare Songs)
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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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English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
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Overture to The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music)
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Overture to The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music)
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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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Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor
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Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor
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Silent Noon, from 'The House of Life'
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Silent Noon, from 'The House of Life'
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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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Whither must I wander? (Songs of Travel)
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Whither must I wander? (Songs of Travel)
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Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
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Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
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A London Symphony - 3rd movement, Scherzo
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A London Symphony - 3rd movement, Scherzo
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The Running Set
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The Running Set
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3 Shakespeare songs for chorus
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3 Shakespeare songs for chorus

3 Shakespeare songs for chorus

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William Shakespeare
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Camerata Chamber Choir
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Loch Lomond
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Loch Lomond
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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music) (1909)
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The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music) (1909)
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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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Symphony 5 - 3rd movement Romanza
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Symphony 5 - 3rd movement Romanza
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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
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Lord, thou hast been our refuge
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Lord, thou hast been our refuge
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Silence and Music - madrigal for chorus
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Silence and Music - madrigal for chorus
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Variations for brass band
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Variations for brass band
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Silent Noon (The House Of Life)
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Silent Noon (The House Of Life)
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The Blue Bird
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The Blue Bird
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The Running Set
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The Running Set
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Saraband
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Saraband
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To the green meadow; An acre of land (Folk Songs of the Four Seasons)
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To the green meadow; An acre of land (Folk Songs of the Four Seasons)
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Proms 1952: Prom 34
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1952-09-03T06:36:26
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1952

Proms 1952: Prom 34

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Proms 1950: Prom 44
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1950

Proms 1950: Prom 44

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Proms 1948: Prom 34
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1948

Proms 1948: Prom 34

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Proms 1948: Prom 05
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1948

Proms 1948: Prom 05

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Proms 1946: Prom 04
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Royal Albert Hall
1946-07-31T06:36:26
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Jul
1946

Proms 1946: Prom 04

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