Ralph Vaughan Williams

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  • Roger Savage (University of Edinburgh)

Ralph Vaughan Williams was the outstanding English composer of the generation between that of Parry, Stanford and Elgar before him and that of Walton, Tippett and Britten afterwards; also a conductor, composition teacher, lecturer on “national music”, folk-song collector and editor of works by Henry Purcell.

Descended on both sides of his family from the ranks of “the great and the good” stretching back several generations (Charles Darwin was a great uncle), Vaughan Williams was born into comfortable circumstances at Down Ampney in Gloucestershire in 1872. However, he lived almost all his life - with his first wife Adeline Fisher from 1897 until her death in 1951 and with his second Ursula Wood from 1953 until his own d…

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Citation:
Savage, Roger. "Ralph Vaughan Williams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2003
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