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Vaughan Williams definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: English composer influenced by folk tunes and music of the Tudor period (1872-1958) [syn: Vaughan Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams]

Merriam Webster's

biographical name Ralph 1872-1958 English composer

Britannica Concise

Brittish composer. He moved from the Royal College of Music to Cambridge Univ. and back, and studied in Berlin with M. Bruch before earning his doctorate from Cambridge. Having collected English folk song for his academic work, he combined folk melody with an excellent orchestral technique (acquired in part from studies with M. Ravel) and an interest in modern harmonic developments to forge a personal style that came to represent the core of English 20th-cent. music. His nine symphonies, incl. his Sea Symphony (1909), London Symphony (1913), Pastoral Symphony (1921), and Sinfonia Antarctica (1952), were his most exploratory works. Other popular pieces include The Lark Ascending (1914) and and Serenade to Music (1938). He also wrote five operas, incl. Riders to the Sea (1936). He conducted extensively throughout his life, and he edited The English Hymnal (1906).



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