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Vaughan Williams

Author: Simon Heffer
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Northeastern University Press, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Unlike the fathers of the nineteenth-century English musical renaissance, who slavishly paid homage to the German masters, composers Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and his friend Gustav Holst threw off the shackles of the Teutonic school and drew their inspiration from the neglected tradition of English folk-song." "The result was the creation of a distinctly English musical voice that evoked the cultural
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Heffer
ISBN: 1555534724 9781555534721
OCLC Number: 45247354
Description: 167 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The magic casements --
Real music --
A search for a style --
Mature mysticism --
'Ultimately national' --
The importance of war --
To be a pilgrim --
Finale.
Responsibility: Simon Heffer.

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"Unlike the fathers of the nineteenth-century English musical renaissance, who slavishly paid homage to the German masters, composers Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and his friend Gustav Holst threw off the shackles of the Teutonic school and drew their inspiration from the neglected tradition of English folk-song." "The result was the creation of a distinctly English musical voice that evoked the cultural heritage of a nation. In particular, the sheer beauty, vitality, and aesthetic force of Vaughan Williams's works, which include The Lark Ascending, Greensleeves, the Tallis Fantasia, and nine symphonies, connected listeners to a timeless past and gave them a common national spirit, especially during turbulent war-torn times.".

"This biography charts the course of Vaughan Williams's life and career. Simon Heffer traces his privileged upbringing, his years of painstaking studies with Hubert Parry, Max Bruch, and Maurice Ravel, his promotion of folk-song and editorship of the English Hymnal, his close association with Holst and George Butterworth, and his emergence as the leader of English musical life."--BOOK JACKET.

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