Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Born: Oct 12, 1872 · Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England
Died: Aug26, 1958 · Regent's Park, London, England
Ralph Vaughan Williams is considered the most important English composer of his generation. Known primarily for his symphonic compositions, such as his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, The Lark Ascending, and his nine symphonies; choral works, and songs; he also composed operas and music for theater, film, and radio. His deep interest in English folk songs and the works of sixteenth-century English composers significantly influenced his compositional style to break away from the German-dominated style of the 19th century, making him a key figure in the 20th-century revival of British music.