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Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
12 October 1872 - 26 August 1958 (age 85)

Ralph Vaughan Williams was a 20th century English composer and folk music collector. He composed symphonies, operas, chamber music and film scores.

Family

Works

Quotes

Links

portrait of Vaughan Williams

Portrait by Paul Helm ©
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Family

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
Partners: 
1st wife: Adeline Fisher
2nd wife: Ursula Wood (who he married at age 81)
Children: none

Parents: Arthur Vaughan Williams and Margaret Wedgwood.


Works

A prolific composer of:

  • 9 Symphonies
  • 6 Operas
  • 1 Ballet
  • numerous hymn tunes
  • chamber music, choral works, organ and band music 
  • various film and stage scores

He was a collector, student and conservator of English folk songs which were an important element and influence on his compositions.


Quotes

- “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."


Vaughan Williams on ebay now

On eBay you will find bargains galore but more interestingly there is a treasure chest of old items. Out of print books, old recordings no longer available, memorabilia and goods no longer sold on the High Street.To see what is currently on offer take a look at:


The Lark Ascending
Janine Jansen



strong>Fantasia on Greensleeves


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Links, sources and where to go for more information

The RVW Society
http://www.rvwsociety.com/aboutsociety.html

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society

A brief illustrated biography

Texts of RVW songs
www.lieder.net/

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Vaughan_Williams



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