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Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

b Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, 12 October 1872
d London, 26 August 1958, aged eighty-five

He was the son of a clergyman. He studied theory, piano and violin before the age of nine, and was educated at Charterhouse, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity College, Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge he returned to the Royal College as a pupil of Stanford, and whilst there made a life-long friendship with Holst. He later went to Berlin to study under Bruch and Ravel. His private income allowed him to spend a great deal of time researching into English folk melody. After serving in World War I he taught at the Royal College. His last thirty years were spent mainly in creative work, and he achieved both fame and honours.


1888 (16)

Piano Trio

1900 (28)

Bucolic Suite, for orchestra

1903 (31)

The House of Life, song cycle (No 2 is 'Silent Noon')

1904 (32)

Songs of Travel

1906 (34)

Norfolk Rhapsodies No 1 to 3, for orchestra (No 2 and 3 are lost)

1907 (35)

In the Fen Country, symphonic impression

Towards the Unknown Region, song for chorus and orchestra

1908 (36)

String Quartet in G minor

1909 (37)

A Sea Symphony (Symphony No 1), words by Walt Whitman, for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra

The Wasps, incidental music

On Wenlock Edge, song cycle

1910 (38)

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for strings (No 9 in Archbishop Parker's Psalter, p 1567)

1911 (39)

Five Mystical Songs, for baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra

1912 (40)

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Phantasy Quintet, for strings

1913 (41)

A London Symphony (Symphony No 2)

1920 (48)

Shepherd of the Delectable Mountains, one-act opera (now also

forms Act IV of The Pilgrim's Progress)


The Lark Ascending, for violin and small orchestra

Suite de Ballet, for flute and piano

Mass in G minor (1920-1)

Three Preludes for organ

1921 (49)

A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3)

1923 (51)

Old King Cole, ballet

1924 (52)

Hugh the Drover, opera

1925 (53)

Concerto accademico, for violin and string orchestra

Flos Campi, suite for viola, small wordless choir and small orchestra

Sancta civitas, oratorio

1927 (55)

Along the Field, eight songs (Housman)

for voice and violin

1928 (56)

Sir John in Love, opera

Te Deum, in G major

1929 (57)

Benedicite, for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra

1930 (58)

Job, a Masque for Dancing, for orchestra

Prelude and Fugue in C minor for orchestra

1931 (59)

Symphony No 4 in F minor (1931-4)

Piano Concerto in C major

In Windsor Forest, cantata

1932 (60)

Magnificat, for contralto, women's chorus, solo flute and orchestra

1933 (61)

The Running Set, for medium orchestra

1934 (62)

Fantasia on Greensleeves, for orchestra

Suite for viola and small orchestra

1935 (63)

Five Tudor Portraits, choral suite in five movements

1936 (64)

Riders to the Sea, opera in one act

The Poisoned Kiss, romantic extravaganza with spoken dialogue, for thirteen soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra

Dona nobis pacem, cantata

1937 (65)

Festival Te Deum, in F major

1938 (66)

The Bridal Day, masque

Serenade to Music, for sixteen solo voices and orchestra

1939 (67)

Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, for strings and harp

1940 (68)

Six Choral Songs - to be sung in time of war

Valiant for Truth, motet

1941 (69)

England, My England, for baritone, double chorus, unison voices and orchestra

1942 (70)

Coastal Command, orchestral suite from the film

1943 (71)

Symphony No 5 in D major

1944 (72)

Symphony No 6 in E minor (1944-7)

Concerto for oboe and strings

A Song of Thanksgiving, for soprano, speaker, mixed choir and orchestra

String Quartet No 2 in A minor

1945 (73)

Story of a Flemish Farm, orchestral suite from the film

1946-8 (74-6)

Partita for double string orchestra

Introduction and Fugue for two pianos

1949 (77)

Fantasia (quasi variazione)

on the 'Old 104th' Psalm Tune, for piano, chorus, organ (optional) and orchestra

An Oxford Elegy, for speaker, chorus and small orchestra

Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, cantata

1950 (78)

Concerto Grosso for string orchestra

The Sons of Light, cantata

Sun, Moon, Stars and Man, song cycle

1951 (79)

The Pilgrim's Progress, a Morality in a Prologue, Four Acts, and an Epilogue, for thirty-four soloists, chorus and orchestra

Romance, in Db major, for harmonica, strings and piano

1952 (80)

Sinfonia Antarctica (Symphony No 7), in five movements

1954 (82)

Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra in F minor

This Day (Hodie), a Christmas cantata

Violin Sonata in A minor

1955 (83)

Symphony No 8 in D minor (this was the first of the symphonies

which Vaughan Williams allowed to be given a number)

1956 (84)

A Vision of Aeroplanes, motet

Symphony No 9 in E minor (revised 1958)

Two Organ Preludes, Romanza and Toccata

Epithalamium, cantata (1956-7)

Ten Blake Songs, for tenor and oboe

1958 (86)

The First Nowell, nativity play for soloist, mixed chorus and small orchestra

Vocalises, for soprano and B flat clarinet

Four Last Songs, for voice and piano

Thomas the Rhymer, opera in three acts (uncompleted at Vaughan Williams' death; exists in short score only)

Cello Concerto (incomplete at Vaughan Williams' death)

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