Knowledge Identifier: +Ralph_Vaughan_Williams
Category: Music (650)
Born in 1872.
Countries: United Kingdom (55%), United States (18%), (13%)
Linked to: Decca Records, Everest Records, Charterhouse School, Oxford University Press
Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams, was vicar.
Gustav Holst - Royal College of Music, where Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams studied in 1895.
Another friendship made at the RCM, crucial to Vaughan Williams's development as a composer, was with fellow-student Gustav Holst whom he first met in 1895.
Lucy Broadwood - In 1904 she was to become the Honorary Secretary, following the illness and subsequent death of her predecessor in the post, Kate Lee, and her diary records that she held a meeting with Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams to plan for the resurrection of the Society and "fan its dying embers"
In 1905, Vaughan Williams conducted the first concert of the newly founded Leith Hill Music Festival at Dorking which he was to conduct until 1953, when he passed the baton to his successor, William Cole.
Harry Plunket Greene - Plunket Greene included a selection from the "Songs of Travel" by Ralph Vaughan Williams in recital in February 1905
Percy Dearmer - Working with renowned composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and as musical editor, Dearmer published "The English Hymnal" in 1906
In 1909, he composed incidental music for the Cambridge Greek Play, a stage production at Cambridge University of Aristophanes' The Wasps.
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910, rev.
Rebecca Clarke (composer) - In 1910 she composed a setting of Chinese poetry, called "Tears", in collaboration with a group of fellow students at RCM. She sang under the direction of Ralph Vaughan Williams in a student ensemble organized by Clarke to study and perform Palestrina's music
After a gruelling time as a stretcher bearer in France and Salonika, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 24 December 1917.
Sir Eugene Goossens recorded the 1920 edition of A London Symphony with the Cincinnati Orchestra for RCA Victor in 1941, the only recording of that version of the score ever made.
Richard Watson (singer) - He engaged Watson to appear in 1928 in a company including Astra Desmond, Roy Henderson and Steuart Wilson, performing in a season of operas at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in "Così fan tutte", "Master Peter's Puppet Show", "The Secret Marriage," and Vaughan Williams's new opera, "The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
Masque - In the 20th century, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote several masques, including his masterpiece in the genre, "Job, a masque for dancing" which premiered in 1930, although the work is closer to a ballet than a masque as it was originally understood
John Skelton - Five of Skelton's 'Tudor Portraits', including 'The Tunnying of Elynour Rummyng' were set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams in or around 1935
Henry Smart - Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote his "God of Grace and God of Glory" to be sung to Smart's REGENT SQUARE. He was horrified when in 1935 the "Methodist Hymnal" set the lyrics instead to Ralph Vaughan Williams' CWM RHONDDA, the tune to which "God of Grace and God of Glory" has since been almost universally sung in churches worldwide
Vaughan Williams had an affair with the married poet Ursula Wood beginning in 1938.
Walter Widdop - In 1938, Widdop was one of the four tenor soloists chosen to perform Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Serenade to Music", which had been written to celebrate Sir Henry Wood's silver jubilee as a conductor
Heddle Nash - In 1938, he was one of the 16 singers chosen by Ralph Vaughan Williams to perform his "Serenade to Music," composed as a tribute to Sir Henry Wood
Ursula Vaughan Williams - She met Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1938, after she sent him a play which she had hoped he would set to music
Symphony No. 5 (Vaughan Williams) - "'Symphony No. 5 in D major"' by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was written between 1938 and 1943
Robert Easton (bass) - On 5 October 1938 he was one of the original 16 singers in Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Serenade to Music
Douglas Lilburn - He was tutored in composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams and remained at the College until 1939
British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors - The Composers' Guild of Great Britain was founded in 1944 to represent composers of classical music, with Ralph Vaughan Williams elected as first president
Several other foreign conductors have recorded individual Vaughan Williams symphonies: Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein both recorded the Fourth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, the same orchestra with which Leopold Stokowski had made the first recording of the Sixth Symphony in 1949.
Bernard Rose (musician) - In 1952 he conducted the premiere of An Oxford Elegy by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The original SATB version was composed for the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in June 1953.
John Noble (baritone) - In 1954, Noble took the title role in Dennis Arundell's production of Ralph Vaughan Williams's "The Pilgrim's Progress" at the Cambridge Guildhall
Harold Darke - Darke's work as Conductor of St Michael's Singers was crowned in 1956 on the occasion of the Choir's 40th Anniversary with the first performance of a number of now well-established works composed especially for the occasion - notably "Hierusalem" by George Dyson and "A Vision of Aeroplanes" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Everest Records - The world premiere recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Symphony No. 9 in E minor" was made by Everest at Walthamstow on the morning of the composer's death, August 26, 1958
A. L. Lloyd - In 1959 his collaboration with Ralph Vaughan Williams, 'The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs', was published
David Willcocks recorded much of the choral output for EMI in the 1960s and 1970s
Sinfonia of London - Among the original ensemble's most celebrated commercial classical recordings is its 1963 recordings with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the "Serenade for Strings" of Edward Elgar and the "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" of Ralph Vaughan Williams for EMI Classics and the 1958 soundtrack album from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo" with Bernard Herrmann's score conducted by Muir Mathieson
Janet Baker - Among her most notable achievements are her recordings of the Angel in Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius", made with Sir John Barbirolli in December 1964 and Sir Simon Rattle over twenty years later; her 1965 performances of Elgar's "Sea Pictures" and Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, recorded with Barbirolli; and, from 1965, the first commercial recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Christmas oratorio "Hodie" under Sir David Willcocks
Anthony Burgess - On the BBC's "Desert Island Discs" radio programme in 1966, Burgess chose as his favourite music Purcell's "Rejoice in the Lord Alway"; Bach's "Goldberg Variations" No. 13; Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A flat major; Wagner's "Walter's Trial Song" from "'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"; Debussy's "Fêtes"; Lambert's "The Rio Grande"; Walton's Symphony No. 1 in B flat; and Vaughan Williams' "On Wenlock Edge"
Brigham Young University - The BYU Opera Workshop gave the first North American performance of the Ralph Vaughan Williams opera The Pilgrim's Progress in April 1968, directed by Max C. Golightly
Gennady Rozhdestvensky - He performed all the symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams in St. Petersburg in the late 1980s but only the 1st has been released on CD.
Elizabeth Harwood - She had only one solo recital disc, a selection of English art songs by Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank_Bridge, Arnold Bax, Michael Head, George Lloyd, and Roger Quilter recorded in London in 1983, released on the Conifer label, with John Constable on the piano. It has not been reissued on compact disc
Leonard Slatkin - There were reports of tension between Slatkin and the orchestra, whose secure finances were said to have "fostered a culture of superiority and recalcitrance", as well as negative concert reviews, which contributed to his short tenure with the BBCSO. Previously in the UK, Slatkin was principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1997 to 2000 and made a series of digital recordings for RCA with them, including the symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hollywood Symphony Orchestra - Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrmann