The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams

Alain Frogley (Editor), Aidan J. Thomson

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An icon of British national identity and one of the most widely performed twentieth-century composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams has been as much misunderstood as revered; his international impact, and enduring influence on areas as diverse as church music, film scores, and popular music, has been insufficiently appreciated. This volume brings together a team of leading scholars, examining all areas of the composer’s output from new perspectives, and re-evaluating the cultural politics of his lifelong advocacy for the music-making of ordinary people. Surveys of major genres are complemented by chapters exploring such topics as the composer’s relationship with the BBC, and his studies with Ravel; uniquely, the book also includes specially commissioned interviews with major living composers Peter Maxwell Davies, Piers Hellawell, Nicola Lefanu, and Anthony Payne.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages360
ISBN (Print)9780521162906
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Vaughan Williams, British, English, modernism, symphony, opera, reception, pastoralism

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