MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Discovering Vaughan Williams

Delighted to be immersed in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3).

The composer on the true character of the work: “It’s really wartime music – a great deal of it incubated when I used to go up night after night in the ambulance wagon at Ecoivres and we went up a steep hill and there was wonderful Corot-like landscape in the sunset. It’s not really lambkins frisking at all, as most people take for granted.”

The BBC offers a wonderful resource here on getting to know VW’s music better.

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