Ralph vaughan williams om r ei f v n 12 october 1872 26 august 1958 was an english composer his works include operas ballets chamber music secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies written over sixty years. Vaughan williams was a man of indefatigable energy and curiosity a gracious open hearted spirit all this and more emergest here andrew green classical music 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. Vaughan williams on music david manning this collection brings together a host of lively writings some for the first time and many for the first time since their initial publication by one of the most articulate beloved and engaging english composers. Ralph vaughan williams om 1872 1958 was an influential english composer vaughan williams was born on 12th october 1872 in down ampney a village in the cotswolds after attending charterhouse school and trinity college cambridge he became a student at the royal college of music he later studied with max bruch in berlin and maurice ravel in paris. Vaughan williams continued writing music for another decade completing three more symphonies and the pilgrims progress he also wrote choral music vaughan williams was not conventionally religious yet some of his most moving vocal compositions especially the visionary sancta civitas and dona nobis pacem draw heavily on the english
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