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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

One of the leading English composers of his generation, Vaughan Williams was a pupil of Parry, Charles Wood and Stanford, and later of Bruch and Ravel. In his work as a composer he went some way towards creating a specifically English musical idiom, influenced by his interest in folksong but coloured by his own personal vision and language.

Stage Works

The stage music of Vaughan Williams includes the Shakespearean opera Sir John in Love (based on The Merry Wives of Windsor), the masque for dancing Job, and the ‘morality’ The Pilgrim’s Progress (after John Bunyan). Incidental music for the theatre includes music for The Wasps by Aristophanes, from which the overture is often heard. He also wrote a number of film scores.

Orchestral Music

Symphonies

Vaughan Williams wrote nine symphonies, the first A Sea Symphony for solo singers, chorus and orchestra (with words taken from Walt Whitman), the second A London Symphony, and the third Pastoral Symphony. The Sixth Symphony, completed in its first version in 1947, seemed to break new ground and was followed by a seventh, the Sinfonia antartica, which had its origin in a film soundtrack.

Concertos

Compositions by Vaughan Williams for solo instrument and orchestra include the pastoral romance The Lark Ascending for solo violin and Concerto accademico for solo violin and string orchestra. There is an attractive oboe concerto and two concertos unusual in their solo instrument: one for harmonica and the other for bass tuba. Flos campi uses a solo viola and is scored also for small choir and chamber orchestra.

Other Orchestral Works

Vaughan Williams made direct use of folksong in, among other works, his three Norfolk Rhapsodies; his Fantasia on Greensleeves for solo flute, harp and strings; and his English Folksong Suite for military band. His Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for two string orchestras returns to the 16th century for its musical inspiration.

Choral and Vocal Music

Vaughan Williams made a substantial contribution to English choral and vocal repertoire in compositions that include the fine Serenade to Music, completed in 1938. Other compositions range from hymn tunes to an oratorio, from folksong arrangements to the evocative On Wenlock Edge, a setting of poems by A.E. Housman.

Instrumental Music

Vaughan Williams wrote relatively little chamber music and even less music for piano. His organ pieces, however, provide a few useful repertoire items.

Theatre and Film Music

The incidental music Vaughan Williams provided for the theatre was principally for a series of Shakespearean productions in 1913, when he was musical director at Stratford-upon-Avon for Sir Frank Benson’s company. From 1940 onwards he provided music for a number of films.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century British Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos 8.505077
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABIDE WITH ME AND OTHER FAVOURITE HYMNS Naxos
8.557578
Choral - Sacred
ADAGIO CHILLOUT Naxos
8.556783
Orchestral
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Flourishes Altissimo
75442261752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANIMALS IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578281-82
Orchestral
ARGENTO: Letters from Composers / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Along the Field (excerpts) Cedille
CDR90000-029
Vocal
BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 60TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET BR-Klassik
900708
Orchestral
BEREDEN VAG - Christmas-songs BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5007
Choral - Sacred
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Orchestral
BRITISH FILM MUSIC (UK ONLY) Naxos
8.554577
Film and TV Music
BRITISH TUBA CONCERTOS Naxos
8.557754
Concertos
Children's Choir Music: New London Children's Choir - SKEMPTON, H. / CORP, R. / BENNETT, R.R. / CHILCOTT, B. / RUTTER, J. / MAW, N. (Pigs Could Fly) Naxos
8.572113
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Blossom Street - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea) Naxos
8.573069
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern Luzern - BRITTEN, B. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / ELGAR, E. / KODALY, Z. (Sacred and Profane) Solo Musica
SM185
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: U.S. Navy Sea Chanters - THIMAN, E.H. / WHITACRE, E. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / GRAINGER, P. / THOMPSON, R. (Songs of Sailor and Sea) Altissimo
75442255602
Choral - Secular
Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages (Sospiri, C. Watson) Naxos
8.573078
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well) Naxos
8.572760
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (A) - In Terra Pax (Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton) Naxos
8.572102
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Choral Spectacular (A) (arr. Peter Breiner) Naxos
5.110095
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Choral Spectacular (A) (arr. Peter Breiner) Naxos
8.557585
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Eaken Piano Trio: Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554099
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Happy Holidays from the United States Air Force Band Altissimo
75442263292
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS 2004 Naxos
8.556813
Orchestral
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MEDITATION Naxos
8.570364-65
Orchestral
DEVIL'S MUSIC (The) Naxos
8.578085-86
Orchestral
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Serenade / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / PURCELL, H.: Dido's Lament (Royal Philharmonic, Stokowski) Newton Classics
NC8802025
Orchestral
ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Symphony No. 6 (Bavarian Radio Symphony, C. Davis) BR-Klassik
900705
Orchestral
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Vocal
English Organ Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550582
Instrumental
English Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550773
Instrumental
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555068
Orchestral
English String Music Naxos
8.550823
Orchestral
EUROPA-KONZERT 2013 - VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / DVOŘÁK, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Kožená, Rattle) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2059424
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 2013 - VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / DVOŘÁK, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Kožená, Rattle) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059428
Classical Concert
FERRIER, Kathleen: Songs of the British Isles (1949-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111081
Vocal
GREENSLEEVES - English Pastoral Music Naxos
8.557535
Orchestral
HEAR MY PRAYER - CHORAL MUSIC OF THE ENGLISH ROMANTICS Cedille
CDR90000-036
Choral - Sacred
HOLST: Planets (The) (Holst) / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 (Vaughan Williams) (1926, 1937) Naxos Historical
8.111048
Orchestral
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Orchestral
Islands of Sanity 2: Islands by Day / Islands by Night Naxos
8.557420-21
Orchestral
Lark Ascending (The): Violin Showpieces Naxos
8.553509
Orchestral
LEPAGE-DEAN, Oliver: Evening Hymn (An) - Music for Solo Treble Naxos
8.557129
Vocal
LUNDS STUDENTSANGARE: Stralande Jul (Radiant Christmas) Naxos
8.570305
Choral - Sacred
MILLER, Mitch: Mitchell Miller Plays Works for Oboe and Orchestra (1947, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80111
Concertos
Music of Worship and Praise Naxos
8.554578
Choral - Sacred
My First Orchestra Album Naxos
8.578253
Orchestral
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Orchestral
NAXOS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CD Naxos
8.555964
Chamber Music
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
Opera Arias (Baritone): Bonelli, Richard - AMBROISE, T. / MASSENET, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. / WAGNER, R. (1934-1946) Delos
DE5502
Vocal
Organ Recital: Wilson, Todd - BRAHMS, J. / TARTINI, G. / VAUGHAN WILLLIAMS, R. / PURVIS, R. / HARRIS, W. / BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. Delos
DE3145
Instrumental
Passiontide: Music for Solace and Reflection Naxos
8.557025
Choral - Sacred
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 10 (Guest Conductors) Altissimo
75442262032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Live in Concert Altissimo
75442270512
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Music from the Land of Hope and Glory Altissimo
75442262952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Orchestral
SEA PICTURES (2-CD set) Naxos
8.578017-18
Orchestral
SINGING APES (THE) and Other Songs of Love and War BIS
BIS-CD-733
Choral - Secular
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
Songs of Praise Naxos
8.553876
Choral - Sacred
SPRING PARADE Capriccio
C49364
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Orchestral
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Chamber Music
SUESSE, D.: Concerto for 2 Pianos / McDONALD, H.: Concerto for 2 Pianos / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Concerto (Long Duo, Souillot) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92129
Concertos
SURROUNDED BY ANGELS - A Christmas Celebration with Ensemble Galilei Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92173
Chamber Music
THANKSGIVING - A Classic Thanksgiving: Songs of Praise Naxos
8.555294
Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental
THANKSGIVING - A Classic Thanksgiving: We Gather Together Naxos
8.555293
Orchestral
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Film and TV Music
Tuba Concertos (20th Century) - VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, V. / ARUTIUNIAN, A. / LUNDQUIST, T.I. / WILLIAMS, J. (Baadsvik, Manson) BIS
BIS-CD-1515
Concertos
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Fantasies and Heroes Altissimo
75442260432
Film and TV Music, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Hands Across the Sea Altissimo
75442260442
Film and TV Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Whole Nine Yards (The) Altissimo
75442271022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Christmas in Washington Altissimo
75442270602
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Songs of the Earth Altissimo
75442260012
Orchestral
UNITED STATES ARMY NAVY BAND: 75th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1 (1925-2000) Altissimo
75442261122
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Overture! Altissimo
75442262922
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (Eternal) Naxos
8.572080
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556835
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Film and TV Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: 10 Blake Songs / Oboe Concerto in A Minor / Household Music / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Banfalvi) Capriccio
C5035
Concertos, Orchestral, Vocal
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor / FRANCAIX, J.: Quadruple Concerto / WAXMAN, F.: Athaneal (20th Century Wind Concertos) Capriccio
C10522
Concertos
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Dona Nobis Pacem / Sancta Civitas (Pier, Brook, Staples, Bach Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choristers,Bournemouth Symphony, Hill) Naxos
8.572424
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Mass in G Minor / Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici, "St. Dominic Mass" (Fleet Street Choir, Lawrence, Rubbra) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81054
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Piano Concerto / The Wasps / English Folk Song Suite / The Running Set (Wass, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Judd) Naxos
8.572304
Concertos, Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Piano Quintet / Quintet in D Major / 6 Studies in English Folksong / Romance for Viola and Piano (London Soloists Ensemble) Naxos
8.573191
Chamber Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Sacred Choral Music (Clare College Choir, Cambridge, T. Brown) Naxos
8.572465
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Symphony No. 8 / Job (Boult) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5037
Classical Concert
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Symphony No. 9 (London Philharmonic, Boult) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81091
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: 49th Parallel / Story of a Flemish Farm Marco Polo
8.223665
Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Christmas Carols / Hodie Naxos
8.570439
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasias / Norfolk Rhapsody / In the Fen Country / Concerto Grosso Naxos
8.555867
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasias / Norfolk Rhapsody / In the Fen Country / Concerto Grosso Naxos
5.110053
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasias / Norfolk Rhapsody / In the Fen Country / Concerto Grosso Naxos
8.555867
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasias / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / In the Fen Country Naxos
6.110053
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job / The Lark Ascending Naxos
8.553955
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Mass in G Minor / Motets Naxos
8.554826
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: On Wenlock Edge / Five Mystical Songs (English Song, Vol. 3) Naxos
8.557114
Vocal
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Phantasy Quintet / String Quartets Nos. 1-2 Naxos
8.555300
Chamber Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel / The House of Life (English Song, Vol. 14) Naxos
8.557643
Vocal
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphonies Nos. 3, 'Pastoral', and 6 Naxos
8.550733
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 Naxos
8.550738
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Naxos
8.550737
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony" Naxos
8.557059
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, 'A Sea Symphony' Naxos
6.110016
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, 'A Sea Symphony' Naxos
5.110016
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2, 'London' / The Wasps Overture Naxos
8.550734
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / Flos Campi Naxos
8.557276
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 8 / BAX: The Garden of Fand (Barbirolli) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80006
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Willow-Wood / The Sons of Light / Toward the Unknown Region Naxos
8.557798
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
VINTAGE TV AND RADIO CLASSICS Naxos
8.570332
Orchestral
Viola Recital: Jones, Matthew - CLARKE, R. / WALTON, W. / BRIDGE, F. / BAX, A. / BLISS, A. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (English Music for Viola) Naxos
8.572579
Chamber Music
VIOLIN BLISS Naxos
8.578052
Orchestral
VIVALDI: 4 Seasons (The) / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending Naxos
8.570212
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Breedt, Michelle - ELGAR, E. / ARNE, T.A. / HORDER, M. / QUILTER, R. / COATES, E. / HARRISON, J. (Shakespeare Inspired) TwoPianists
TP1039077
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Chilcott, Susan - COPLAND, A. / STRAUSS, R. / BERLIOZ, H. / ARGENTO, D. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / BRITTEN, B. (The Shining River) Opus Arte
OACD9016D
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Michaels-Moore, Pollock - STANFORD, C.V. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Songs of the Sea, Songs of Travel) Opus Arte
OACD9014D
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Rutherford, James - BUTTERWORTH, G. / GURNEY, I. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Most Grand to Die) BIS
BIS-SACD-1610
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Vyvyan, Jennifer - PURCELL, H. / MORLEY, T. / ARNE, T.A. / HORN, C.E. / GRAINGER, P. (Songs of England) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81175
Vocal
Wind Band Music - THOMAS, M.T. / STRAVINSKY, I. / COPLAND, A. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Street Song) (University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, Lynch) Naxos
8.572917
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WITH LOVE TO YOU Naxos
8.557789
Orchestral

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