(Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress). Bar. The name given by the composer to the character called Christian in Bunyan's book. He goes through various hardships and temptations on his journey to the Celestial City without being corrupted. He passes through the River of Death to ascend to the Gates of the City where he is welcomed by the angels. Created (1951) by Arnold Matters. See also article by Ursula Vaughan Williams.