Ralph Vaughan Williams(1872-1958), Composer
Sitter in 34 portraits
Vaughan Williams studied with Parry at the Royal College of Music, with Brüch in Berlin and Ravel in Paris. He was a leading figure, with Holst, in the folk-song revival and shifted the course of English-language hymnody with his English Hymnal (1906). Teacher of Composition at the Royal College of Music (1919-39), he established a native school of music based on choral and ballad traditions. He composed nine symphonies, operas, ballets, chamber music, and secular and religious vocal music. Notable works include: A Sea Symphony (1910), based on Walt Whitman’s poems, A London Symphony (1914) and The Lark Ascending (1914-20). His score for the film Scott of the Antarctic became the Sinfonia Antarctica (1952).
by Central Press
vintage print, 18 July 1957