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by James Day
Revised and expanded, this book considers recent work on the life and music of this leading English composer. Day presents Vaughan Williams as a part of the great post-Romantic reactionary movement in the company of composers such as Debussy and Stravinsky. The author also demonstrates that the circumstances of Vaughan Williams' life are reflected in his wide-ranging, powe ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published by J.M. Dent & Sons
(first published November 1st 1975)
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This biography of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams is on the old side, having been published in 1961, just three years after it's subject's death. It is a nice, solid overview of Vaughan Williams' life and work, with nice descriptions of his pieces and compositional technique. However, the book does partake of flaws characteristic of its era. Day is clearly coming from a perspective of the "great man" approach to history, and from a position of great admiration for his subject. Thus, Day ...more
The first part of this book is phenomenal; especially if you love one of the greatest English composers : - Ralph Vaughan Williams. James Day provides a biography in the first part of the book, and then a study of works in the second; the second part can be a bit dull in comparison to the first.