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Composer born on October 12. (Yes, I know – I’m late) Ralph Vaughan Williams

Aw, heck. I missed Ralph’s birthday. It was the 12th. He was/is one of my favorite composers. I wrote about him here last May. He was a violist as well as a composer which explains his luscious viola parts.  See the earlier blog at https://carolyndonnell.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/ralph-vaughan-williams-played-viola/

Here’s a “duet” with two small string orchestras. I don’t know a better example of lush.


Ralph Vaughn Wiliam from Wikipedia:

12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958 was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song which influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, containing many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, in addition to several original compositions.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Revd Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name), was vicar. Following his father’s death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margaret Susan née Wedgwood (1843–1937), the great-granddaughter of the potter Josiah Wedgwood, to live with her family at Leith Hill Place, a Wedgwood family home in the North Downs. He was also related to the Darwins, Charles Darwin being a great-uncle.