Vaughan Williams on Music

by David Manning

Oxford University Press | October 15, 2007 | Hardcover |

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Concert audiences have an enduring affection for the music of Ralph Vaughan Williamsa composer of dance, symphony, opera, song, hymnody, and film musicand serious scholarship on his music is currently enjoying a revival. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams passing (and 2007 his 135th birthday); his worksparticularly his orchestral musicwill likely find themselves programmed widely for this season, and groups like the RVW Society which regularly hold symposiums may have events planned in honor of the composer. OUP-UK will be publishing a volume of Vaughan Williams Letters, edited by Hugh Cobbe, likely to pub in 2008. We should consider promoting the two volumes together. This collection brings together a host of lively writingssome for the first time, and many for the first time since their initial publicationby one of the most articulate, beloved and engaging English composers. Making available essays, articles, broadcasts, and speech transcripts from 1901-1958, Vaughan Williams on Music exemplifies the multi-faceted nature of his contributions: active supporter of amateur music and English music, a leader in the folksong revival, educator, performer, and polemicist. Vaughan Williams was one of the cultural giants of his day, a figure of iconic stature whose influence stretched far beyond musical circles; his friendships with Bertrand Russell and G. M. Trevelyan, and his tireless work on behalf of a variety of organizations and causes, from Jewish refugees to the Third Programme, gave him a unique place in British national life. He also had a powerful influence in the United States, at a time when the special relationship was approaching its zenith. Through all these perspectives, the words are unmistakably those of a practicing composera young composer at the turn of the last century, trying to find his own musical voice amid widely diverse stylistic influences of the dominant and successful figures of Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, and a mature composer in the mid-century, having found that glorious voice which continues to resound across the globe. The volume will be an important contribution to the literature not only on British music, but also on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and intellectual life as a whole, placing Vaughan Williamss political and aesthetic thought in a broader cultural perspective. It will be a welcome read as well for the general audience which loves the music of Vaughan Williams, that will be listening to and remembering the composer as this anniversary of his death approaches.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 9.06 × 6.3 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195182391

ISBN - 13: 9780195182392

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Vaughan Williams on Music

Vaughan Williams on Music

by David Manning

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 9.06 × 6.3 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195182391

ISBN - 13: 9780195182392

Table of Contents

Section 1: Musical Life and English Music 1. The Romantic Movement and its Results 2. A School of English Music 3. The Soporific Finale 4. Good Taste 5. A Sermon to Vocalists 6. Preface to The English Hymnal 7. Who Wants the English Composer? 8. British Music 9. Gervase Elwes 10. Introduction to English Music 11. Elizabethan Music and the Modern World 12. Sir Donald Tovey 13. A. H. Fox Strangways, AET. LXXX 14. Making Your Own Music 15. Local Musicians 16. The Composer in Wartime 17. Introduction to News Chronicle Musical Competition Festival for HM Forces 18. First Performances 19. Art and Organization 20. Choral Singing 21. Carthusian Music in the Eighties 22. Howland Medal Lecture 23. Preface to London Symphony 24. Introduction to The Art of Singing 25. Some Reminiscences of the English Hymnal 26. Hands off the Third Section 2: Continental Composers 27. Palestrina and Beethoven 28. Bach and Schumann 29. The Words of Wagner''s Music Dramas 30. Brahms and Tchaikovsky 31. Ein Heldenleben 32. The Romantic in Music: Some Thoughts on Brahms 33. Verdi: A Symposium 34. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) 35. Sibelius at 90: Greatness and Popularity Section 3: Folk Song 36. Preface to Journal of the Folk Song Society 37. Introduction to Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties 38. English Folk-Songs 39. Folk-Song in Chamber Music 40. Dance Tunes 41. Sailor Shanties 42. How to Sing a Folk-Song 43. The Late Mr. Frank Kidson 44. Lucy Broadwood: An Appreciation 45. Ella Mary Leather 46. Folk-Son
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Concert audiences have an enduring affection for the music of Ralph Vaughan Williamsa composer of dance, symphony, opera, song, hymnody, and film musicand serious scholarship on his music is currently enjoying a revival. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams passing (and 2007 his 135th birthday); his worksparticularly his orchestral musicwill likely find themselves programmed widely for this season, and groups like the RVW Society which regularly hold symposiums may have events planned in honor of the composer. OUP-UK will be publishing a volume of Vaughan Williams Letters, edited by Hugh Cobbe, likely to pub in 2008. We should consider promoting the two volumes together. This collection brings together a host of lively writingssome for the first time, and many for the first time since their initial publicationby one of the most articulate, beloved and engaging English composers. Making available essays, articles, broadcasts, and speech transcripts from 1901-1958, Vaughan Williams on Music exemplifies the multi-faceted nature of his contributions: active supporter of amateur music and English music, a leader in the folksong revival, educator, performer, and polemicist. Vaughan Williams was one of the cultural giants of his day, a figure of iconic stature whose influence stretched far beyond musical circles; his friendships with Bertrand Russell and G. M. Trevelyan, and his tireless work on behalf of a variety of organizations and causes, from Jewish refugees to the Third Programme, gave him a unique place in British national life. He also had a powerful influence in the United States, at a time when the special relationship was approaching its zenith. Through all these perspectives, the words are unmistakably those of a practicing composera young composer at the turn of the last century, trying to find his own musical voice amid widely diverse stylistic influences of the dominant and successful figures of Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, and a mature composer in the mid-century, having found that glorious voice which continues to resound across the globe. The volume will be an important contribution to the literature not only on British music, but also on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and intellectual life as a whole, placing Vaughan Williamss political and aesthetic thought in a broader cultural perspective. It will be a welcome read as well for the general audience which loves the music of Vaughan Williams, that will be listening to and remembering the composer as this anniversary of his death approaches.

About the Author

David Manning is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music at Bristol University.

Editorial Reviews

"David Manning is to be commended for his tactful and thorough editing of this splendid collection of writings by the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. By assembling and organizing these essays, many of which are being reprinted for the first time since their initial publication, Manning has revealed the breadth and depth of Vaughan Williams''s views on music, and thus has provided readers with a breathtaking panorama of a long and distinguished career. That Vaughan Williams was one of the towering composers of the twentieth century goes without saying, but this collection amply demonstrates that his social and aesthetic concerns were those of an intelligent, warmhearted, and sensible liberal humanist who possessed a lively and often felicitous prose style."--Byron Adams, University of California, Riverside
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