RVW: A Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams
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RVW: A Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams

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In addition to his great prowess as a composer, Vaughan Williams was a man of strong character and unflagging energy, who lived a long, full life. He was at the centre of musical events in England for sixty years, a period which for sustained musical achievement is probably unequalled in the history of this country. Ursula Vaughan Williams's intimate and detailed biography of her husband used much material not hitherto available to scholars to produce a balanced and judicious portrait. It is now made newly available as a Clarendon Paperback.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • frontispiece, 16 pp plates
  • 0192820826
  • 9780192820822
  • 689,452

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'Mrs. Vaughan Williams presents a crowded picture of the composer's ceaseless activity right into extreme old age, his persistent concern with new music and young musicians, his unabated instinct to compose, and, at the end of his life, the new-found pleasure in travel and relaxation that was reflected in the last two symphonies.' In addition to his great prowess as a composer, Vaughan Williams was a man of strong character and unflagging energy, who lived a long, full life. He was at the centre of musical events in England for sixty years, a period which for sustained musical achievements is probably unequalled in the history of this country.show more

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Mrs Vaughan Williams presents a crowded picture of the composer's ceaseless activity right into extreme old age, his persistent concern with new music and young musicians, his unabated instinct to compose and, at the end of his life, the new-found pleasure in travel and relaxation that was reflected in the last two symphonies. * Daily Telegraph * A living picture of the man ... unlikely to be superseded for a long time to come. * Guardian. *show more

About Ursula Vaughan Williams

Widow of Ralph Vaughan Williamsshow more

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