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


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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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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
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Let beauty awake (Songs of Travel)
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Let beauty awake (Songs of Travel)
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Toccata colle campanella (Symphony No 8 in D minor)
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Toccata colle campanella (Symphony No 8 in D minor)
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Concerto Grosso
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Concerto Grosso
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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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Quintet in D major (2nd mvt)
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Quintet in D major (2nd mvt)
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Linden Lea
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Linden Lea
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Suite for viola and piano (Ballad)
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Suite for viola and piano (Ballad)
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Symphony no. 5 in D: i. Preludio
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Symphony no. 5 in D: i. Preludio
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Symphony No.9 - iv. Andante tranquillo
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Symphony No.9 - iv. Andante tranquillo
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Symphony No.7 'Sinfonia Antarctica' - ii. Scherzo: Moderato
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Symphony No.7 'Sinfonia Antarctica' - ii. Scherzo: Moderato
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Joy, Shipmate, Joy (3 Poems by Walt Whitman)
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Joy, Shipmate, Joy (3 Poems by Walt Whitman)
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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 a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
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Silent Noon (The House of Life)
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Silent Noon (The House of Life)
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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
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The Bluebird: The Fight between Fire and Water; General Dance
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The Bluebird: The Fight between Fire and Water; General Dance
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The Willow Song
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The Willow Song
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The Springtime of the Year
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The Springtime of the Year
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Tuba Concerto in F minor (2nd mvt)
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Tuba Concerto in F minor (2nd mvt)
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Fantasia on Greensleeves
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Fantasia on Greensleeves
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March Past of the Kitchen Utensils (The Wasps)
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March Past of the Kitchen Utensils (The Wasps)
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The Souls of the Righteous
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The Souls of the Righteous
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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 London symphony (Symphony no.2), 3rd movement; Scherzo - nocturne
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A London symphony (Symphony no.2), 3rd movement; Scherzo - nocturne
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Orpheus and his Lute
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Orpheus and his Lute
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Quintet in D major (4th mvt)
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Quintet in D major (4th mvt)
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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 House of Life
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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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If I were a Queen
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If I were a Queen
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Over the Water
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Over the Water
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I sowed the seeds of love
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I sowed the seeds of love
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Along the Field
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Along the Field
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Flourish for wind band
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Flourish for wind band

Flourish for wind band

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On Wenlock Edge
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On Wenlock Edge
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The Running Set
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The Running Set
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On Wenlock Edge
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On Wenlock Edge
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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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Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music

Serenade to Music

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Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
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Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
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The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
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Norfolk Rhapsody No 2
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Norfolk Rhapsody No 2
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Rest
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Rest
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On Wenlock Edge
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On Wenlock Edge
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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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Proms 1950: Prom 44
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