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Ralph Vaughan Williams


About this Artist

Ralph Vaughan Williams was central to the revival of British music in the 20th century. Not since Henry Purcell in the 17th century had a native Englishman achieved similar success and renown as a composer. Vaughan Williams studied with Max Bruch and Maurice Ravel before introducing a series of works with a unique feel to them, derived in part from his study of folksong and 16th- and 17th-century English music. He was both popular and admired during his lifetime, and he continues to be so today, with his works occupying a firm place in the repertory.

Further listening:

The Lark Ascending (1914, rev. 1920)

Gwen Hoebig, violin; Winnepeg

Symphony, Bramwell Tovey (CBC)

Mass in G minor (1920-1921)

Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble

Marcus Creed (Hänssler Classic)