ROY DOUGLAS (b 1907 )
Roy Douglas (b. 1908) has been an orchestral player, composer and orchestrator. His version of Les Sylphides, for example, is first choice for most ballet and record companies worldwide. From 1947 to 1958 he was a valued assistant and friend to Ralph Vaughan Williams, about whom he wrote illuminatingly in a later book. His original works are mainly for orchestra or unusual chamber groups. His Cantilena, written in 1957, begins with a long serenely flowing tune, which is later contrasted with more 'disturbing' passages.