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Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme, by Thomas Tallis

How the beauty and richness of an orchestral fantasia inspired a young boy, and comforted a grieving father. From September 2009.

Series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.

When Vaughan Williams wrote his Tallis Fantasia in 1910, he changed the course of British music. Here at last was a piece of music which was no longer under the Teutonic influence, but which drew on old English hymn tunes and folk idioms for its themes. As the string music builds to a climax, interviewees tell how this music has brought solace and hope in times of tragedy and changed the course of their lives.

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Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

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