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Compositeur: Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)

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Année de naissance1872
Année du décès1958
Époque20ème siècle
décembre 2019
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AmsterdamAndreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin: The Twilight People

© James McMillan / Decca
Frankel, Copland, Berg, Vaughan Williams, Cage, Britten, Tawadros, Pärt
Andreas Scholl; Tamar Halperin

NottinghamBBC Philharmonic: Discovering Vaughan Williams

© Sam Cannety-Clarke
Vaughan Williams
BBC Philharmonic; John Wilson; Stephen Johnson

LondresVoices of 1945

© Camilla Greenwell
Vaughan Williams, Strauss R., Stravinsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Tom Blomfield

AtlantaElizabeth Koch Tiscione Performs the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto

Montgomery, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Strauss R.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; James Gaffigan; Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

LiverpoolBeethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Beethoven
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Benjamin Appl
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God save the King's Singers ! La musique vocale anglaise en majesté à Gaveau

The King's Singers © Chris O'Donovan
Pour leur passage annuel à la Salle Gaveau, les King's Singers ont proposé un panorama de la musique anglaise de Byrd aux Beatles (en passant par Britten) : ils ont été royaux !

Pappano and the LSO furious in Vaughan Williams' Fourth Symphony

Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello

Sir Antonio Pappano has taken up the baton in English works by Elgar, Tippett and Vaughan Williams.

Manze turns his attention to Vaughan Williams' Job

Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
A performance Vaughan Williams' Job to truly cherish, with Manze using all his experience to produce a mature and thrilling account of this masterpiece.

Arcadia in Albion: BBC Symphony plays Vaughan Williams

Elena Urioste © Alessandra Tinozzi
Urioste’s marvellous playing wedded gleaming tone to sure technique in The Lark Ascending.

Anglo-Russian repertoire as the BSFO closes its first tour

Jan Latham-Koenig © Luke Toddfrey
Making its London debut, the BSFO and Jan Latham-Koenig make an impression in both British and Russian classics. 

Vaughan Williams is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of 'Englishness'.

Vaughan Williams was born in 1872 in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. He was educated at Charterhouse School, then Trinity College, Cambridge. Later he was a pupil of Stanford and Parry at the Royal College of Music after which he studied with Max Bruch in Berlin and Maurice Ravel in Paris.

At the turn of the century he was among the very first to travel into the countryside to collect folk-songs and carols from singers, notating them for future generations to enjoy. As musical editor of The English Hymnal he composed several hymns that are now world-wide favourites (For all the Saints, Come down O love Divine). Later he also helped to edit The Oxford Book of Carols, with similar success.

Vaughan Williams volunteered to serve in the Field Ambulance Service in Flanders for the 1914–1918 war, during which he was deeply affected by the carnage and the loss of close friends such as the composer George Butterworth.

Before the war he had met and then sustained a long and deep friendship with the composer Gustav Holst. For many years Vaughan Williams conducted and led the Leith Hill Music Festival, conducting Bach’s St Matthew Passion on a regular basis. He also became professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in London.

In his lifetime, Vaughan Williams eschewed all honours with the exception of the Order of Merit which was conferred upon him in 1938. He died in August 1958, his ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, near Purcell.

In a long and productive life, music flowed from his creative pen in profusion. Hardly a musical genre was untouched or failed to be enriched by his work, which included nine symphonies, five operas, film music, ballet and stage music, several song cycles, church music and works for chorus and orchestra.

© Stephen Connock MBE
Vice President Ralph Vaughan Williams Society