Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion
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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The Double Man
The Ascent of the Lark
Solidarity and Solitude Town and Country
The English Eden
A Passionate Pilgrim
The New Jerusalem
The Wages of War
Prayer for Peace within and without
The Aftermath of War
Fantasia on the Old 104th Hodie The Sons of Light
Appendix Vaughan Williams and Musical Symbolism