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Vaughan Williams on Music
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Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Abstract

Almost 50 years since his passing, the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams continues to captivate audiences around the world, evoking the sound and spirit of folksong and the image of rural landscape. In this book, we read the composer in his own words, as he pursues two related ambitions: to create his own musical language, and to make early twentieth-century England a musical nation. The book contains 102 items written by the composer between 1897 and the year of his death, 1958, including articles for musical magazines, transcripts of broadcasts, obituary notices, and program notes, illuminatin ... More

Keywords: music, Ralph Vaughan Williams, audience, folksong, composer, polemicist, self-expression, rural landscape, England, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Manning, editor
Bristol University

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Introduction

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Part I Musical Life and English Music

Chapter 4 Good Taste

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Chapter 8 British Music

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Chapter 9 Gervase Elwes

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Part II Continental Composers

Part III Folk Song

Chapter 40 Dance Tunes

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Chapter 46 Folk-Song

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Chapter 60 Martin Shaw

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Part IV British Composers

Chapter 75 Elgar Today

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Part V Programme Notes on Vaughan Williams’s Music

Chapter 82 Flos Campi

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Chapter 90 Tuba Concerto

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Chapter 91 Violin Sonata

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Part VI Programme Notes on the Music of Other Composers

Chapter 94 Bach Cantatas

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