Vaughan Williams on Music

Hardcover | October 15, 2007

byDavid Manning

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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 2007his 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 WilliamsLetters, 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 andengaging 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 practicingcomposera 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 whichcontinues 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 broadercultural 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.

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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 2007his 135th birthday); his worksparticularly h...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section 1: Musical Life and English Music1. The Romantic Movement and its Results2. A School of English Music3. The Soporific Finale4. Good Taste5. A Sermon to Vocalists6. Preface to The English Hymnal7. Who Wants the English Composer?8. British Music9. Gervase Elwes10. Introduction to English Music11. Elizabethan Music and the Modern World12. Sir Donald Tovey13. A. H. Fox Strangways, AET. LXXX14. Making Your Own Music15. Local Musicians16. The Composer in Wartime17. Introduction to News Chronicle Musical Competition Festival for HM Forces18. First Performances19. Art and Organization20. Choral Singing21. Carthusian Music in the Eighties22. Howland Medal Lecture23. Preface to London Symphony24. Introduction to The Art of Singing25. Some Reminiscences of the English Hymnal26. Hands off the ThirdSection 2: Continental Composers27. Palestrina and Beethoven28. Bach and Schumann29. The Words of Wagner's Music Dramas30. Brahms and Tchaikovsky31. Ein Heldenleben32. The Romantic in Music: Some Thoughts on Brahms33. Verdi: A Symposium34. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)35. Sibelius at 90: Greatness and PopularitySection 3: Folk Song36. Preface to Journal of the Folk Song Society37. Introduction to Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties38. English Folk-Songs39. Folk-Song in Chamber Music40. Dance Tunes41. Sailor Shanties42. How to Sing a Folk-Song43. The Late Mr. Frank Kidson44. Lucy Broadwood: An Appreciation45. Ella Mary Leather46. Folk-Song47. Cecil Sharp's Accompaniments48. Arthur Somervell: June 5th 1866--May 2nd 193749. Cecil James Sharp (1859-1924)50. Traditional Arts in the Twentieth Century51. The Justification of Folk Song52. Let us RememberEarly Days53. Preface to Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society54. Lucy Broadwood, 1858-192955. Appeal on Behalf of the English Folk Dance and Song Society56. Preface to Index of English Songs57. Address to the Fifth Conference of the International Folk Music Council58. Cecil Sharp: An Appreciation59. Preface to International Catalogue of Recorded Folk Music60. Martin Shaw61. Preface to Folksong-Plainsong62. The Diamond Jubilee of the Folk Song Society63. The English Folk Dance and Song Society64. Introduction to Classic English Folk SongsSection 4: British Composers65. Sir Hubert Parry66. Charles Villiers Stanford, by Some of his Pupils67. Introductory Talk to Holst Memorial Concert68. A Note on Gustav Holst69. Gustav Theordore Holst (1874-1934)70. Foreword to Eight Concerts of Henry Purcell's Music71. Gustav Holst: A Great Composer72. The Teaching of Parry and Stanford73. Gerald Finzi: 1901-195674. Mr Gerald Finzi: A Many-Sided Man75. Elgar TodaySection 5: Programme Notes on Vaughan Williams's Music76. Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue77. Pan's Anniversary78. A Sea Symphony79. A London Symphony81. A Pastoral Symphony82. Flos Campi83. Piano Concerto84. Fourth Symphony85. Five Tudor Portraits86. Sixth Symphony87. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons88. Sinfonia Antartica89. The Pilgrim's Progress90. Tuba Concerto91. Violin Sonata92. Eighth Symphony93. Ninth SymphonySection 6: Program Notes on the Music of Other Composers94. Bach Cantatas95. British Choral Music and Dvorak, Stabat Mater96. Bach, St Matthew Passion97. Dvorak, 'New World' Symphony98. Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for String Orchestra99. Gordon Jacob, Passacaglia on a Well-Known Theme100. Weber, Overture Der Freischutz101. Brahms, Choruses from the Requiem102. George Dyson, The Canterbury PilgrimsSelect Bibliography of Folk Song CollectionsIndex

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"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 collectionamply 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