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Wed Jul 24, 2019, 12:28 AM

Vaughan Williams: 'Symphony No.3 'Pastoral', LPO, Haitink conducting

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Reply Vaughan Williams: 'Symphony No.3 'Pastoral', LPO, Haitink conducting (Original post)
sprinkleeninow Jul 2019 OP
yonder Jul 2019 #1
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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2019, 12:52 AM

1. Thanks. Ralph Vaughan Williams. One of my favorite classical composers.

I still don't get why Ralph is pronounced "Raif" rather than "Ralf". Without knowing why, I always thought it was a bit pretentious.

His "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus" is another fine one with that theme coming from a folk song/melody I first knew as The Star of the County Down. Everyone and their cousin plays that one in some form.

If there was only one word to use to describe RVW's style, I would say pastoral. As in peaceful, English countryside or Hobbitsville, etc.

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Wed Jul 24, 2019, 03:09 AM

2. Vaughan Williams has composed music that is soothing to one's soul which

I feel neutralizes anxiety, stress, a sense of foreboding or disturbance, feeling downcast.

"Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?"

(Am presently experiencing a rather rough time of it. Been building. Regardless of the Faith I hold, some days I just don't know...)

I have several renditions of this saved:


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