Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion

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Barrie & Jenkins, 1989 - Music - 270 pages
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This biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, a figure in the renaissance of English music, begins by describing his background, his early music and general education, and the musical context in which he grew up. A number of revealing conflicts emerge - between conformity and rebellion, the pastoral and the cosmopolitan, for example - and the author explores the inspiration Vaughan Williams derived both from the New World and from Old England. Throughout the book, the major works are described and analyzed.

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Contents

Preface xi
The Parlour and the Open Sea
14
The Double Man
45
The Ascent of the Lark
59
Solidarity and Solitude Town and Country
77
The English Eden
94
A Passionate Pilgrim
118
The New Jerusalem
142
The Wages of War
158
Prayer for Peace within and without
171
The Aftermath of War
187
Fantasia on the Old 104th Hodie The Sons of Light
206
forbidding Mourning
244
Appendix Vaughan Williams and Musical Symbolism
260
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