Ralph Vaughan Williams was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century. Vaughan Williams was born to a well-to-do family with strong moral views and a progressive social outlook. Throughout his life he sought to be of service to his fellow citizens, and believed in making music as available as possible to everybody. He wrote many works for amateur and student performance. He was musically a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907–1908 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music and free it from Teutonic influences.
About Ralph Vaughan Williams
Musician who drew inspiration from history, art, the landscape, folklore, and literature. He edited the English Hymnal.
He began playing the piano, but his aptitude for the instrument was considered dreadful. He found his niche when he discovered the violin.
His first great public successes came with “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” “A Sea Symphony,” and “A London Symphony” from 1914.
He married Adeline Fisher on October 9, 1897, and Ursula Wood on February 7, 1953. He was one of Charles Darwin‘s great-nephews.
He and Leopold Stokowski both studied under the same organ teacher at the Royal College of Music.
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