Orchestral Works

Orchestral Works

Music CD - 1999
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Publisher: London : Decca, c1999
Description: 2 sound discs (146 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: CD C VauW Sym

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Mar 21, 2017

Ralph Vaughan Williams (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.

This is a 2-disc set that contains 12 tracks in all of both instrumental and vocal music. 3 of my favourites are - Lark Ascending, Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis, and Fantasia On Greensleeves..... (*Listen to music-video*)

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