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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Eric Saylor

in Music

ISBN: 9780199757824
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0063
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Ralph Vaughan Williams, O.M. (b. 1872–d. 1958), was the leading English composer of his generation and one of the foremost symphonic composers of the 20th century. Educated at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College, Cambridge, he made significant contributions to every major genre of music; particularly important works include his nine symphonies (the first performances of which span from 1910 to 1958), the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), the ballet Job: A Masque for Dancing (1930), the one-act opera Riders to the Sea (1936), and multiple dramatic settings of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. His tireless promotion of and advocacy for English music and musicians have led to inaccurate assumptions about the parochialism or insularity of his own idiom; however, his distinctive musical voice is increasingly recognized as one of the most original and enduring of the early 20th century. As composer, conductor, teacher, author, lecturer, editor, administrator, and proto-ethnomusicologist, his influence was felt throughout English musical life, and he remains one of that nation’s most popular musicians of all time.

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Subjects: Music ; Applied Music ; Ethnomusicology ; Music Theory and Analysis ; Musicology and Music History ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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