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."
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The RVW Society
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society
Texts of RVW songs