Ralph Vaughan Williams was a 20th century English composer and folk music collector. He composed symphonies, operas, chamber music and film scores.
Portrait by Paul Helm ©
Father: Rev. Arthur Vaughan Williams. Vicar. Died when he was 2.
Mother: Margaret Susan Wedgwood. Niece of Charles Darwin and granddaughter of Josiah Wedgewood
Siblings: youngest of 3
1st wife: Adeline Fisher
2nd wife: Ursula Wood (who he married at age 81)
Parents: Arthur Vaughan Williams and Margaret Wedgwood.
A prolific composer of:
He was a collector, student and conservator of English folk songs which were an important element and influence on his compositions.
- But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.
- "I don't know whether I like it, but it is what I meant."
- "No, it's a Bb. It looks wrong and it sounds wrong, but it's right."
Nicola Benedetti, violin
The RVW Society
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society
Texts of RVW songs