‘Es klang so alt und war doch so neu’: Vaughan Williams, Aesthetics and History

Aidan Thomson

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Abstract

This chapter considers Vaughan Williams's musical aesthetics and his approach to musical historiography. It considers the influence on his writing and musical thought by the philosopher G. E. Moore and the historian G. M. Trevelyan, both of whom were friends of his from university days, and the writer Virigina Woolf. Particular issues of concern include his conception of musical beauty, originality, the relationship between past and present, and the interaction of these features within a national musical community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Musical Criticism 1850–1950
EditorsJeremy Dibble, Julian Horton
Place of PublicationWoodbridge, UK
PublisherBoydell and Brewer
Publication statusAccepted - 2017

Keywords

  • British music
  • Aesthetics
  • Historiography
  • Twentieth-century

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music

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