Cambridge Companions to Music : The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams, Paperback / softback Book

Cambridge Companions to Music : The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams Paperback / softback

Edited by Alain Frogley, Aidan J. Thomson


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.

The Companion is a vital resource for all those interested in this pivotal figure of modern music.




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