This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Biography Of Ralph Vaughan Williams Essay

1371 words - 5 pages

Early Years and Family
Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in The Vicarage, in Down Ampney, on October 12, 1872 to Arthur and Margaret Vaughan Williams. Ralph’s father; Arthur was the vicar of the All Saints Church in Down Ampney in 1868. Through his mothers side Ralph had two famous great-great-grand fathers; Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery at Stoke-on-Trent, and Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. In 1875 Ralph’s father suddenly died, when he was only two years old. His mother moved him and his two siblings to the Wedgwood family home: Leith Hill Place, in Surrey.
Musical Training and Schooling
Music was very important to the family and his early music lessons were given by his aunt Sophy, who was his mothers sister. He wrote his first piano piece when he was six, called The Robin’s Nest . Ralph and his siblings would play duets together and all were good students. It soon came time for Ralph to go to school so he followed his brother Hervey to preparatory school at Rottingdean near Brighton in 1883. He liked the music teachers there very much and was introduced to J.S. Bach. He learned the violin and soon became good enough to know Raff's Cavatina by heart. In 1887 Ralph became a student at Charterhouse school near Godalming in Surrey where he remained until 1890, he was fourteen at the time. Here he organized concerts and wanted to pursue Viola but his family disagreed and chose the organ for him instead.
In 1890 Ralph entered the Royal College of Music. After two semesters he became the student of Sir Hubert Perry. Perry grew Ralph’s musical knowledge and had a certain love of english choral music, which Ralph relied upon later in his life. In 1892, Ralph went to Trinity College, Cambridge to study both history and music. He continued to have weekly lessons with Parry in London. At Cambridge, he studied with Charles Wood who Ralph described as "the finest technical instructor I had ever known”. ( ) Here Ralph was introduced to a wide circle of friends, including G.E. Moore, the philosopher, George Trevelyan, the historian, and Hugh Allen, later to become Director of the Royal College of Music. Ralph had graduated in 1894 with his Bachelors of Music and returned for his history degree the following year. He returned to the R.C.M. in 1895 where he became a close friend of Gustav Holst. Ralph grew very close with Holst and they remained great friends until Hoslt’s death in 1934. Also at this time Parry became the Director of the R.C.M., so Ralph had to go to Sir Charles Villiers Stanford for lessons.
Later Life
Meanwhile, Ralph had met Adeline Fisher, a talented cellist and pianist with a lively intelligence. She was closely related to Virginia Woolf. In 1896 they became engaged and married on October 9, 1897, three days before Ralph turned twenty-five. After a short study with Max Bruch in Berlin, Ralph returned to his job as Organist at St. Barnabas, South Lambeth in London which he had held since l895....

Find Another Essay On Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams

A Review of Live Performances at the Denver Performing Art Complex

3051 words - 13 pages . . Talbeck, Carol. "Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem - San Francisco Choral Society." San Francisco Choral Society. San Francisco Choral Society, 1998. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. . "As Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Makes Clear, Variations Are the Remixes of Classical Music." Nashville Scene

Gustav Holst Essay

915 words - 4 pages ballet with The Lure (1921) and The Morning of the Year Op. 45 No.2 (1927), to hymns like Holy Ghost, Come Down Upon Thy Children (1905) and O’ Valiant Hearts (1925), to full orchestra pieces like Japanese Suite Op. 33 (1915) and A Fugal Overture Op. 40 No.1 (1922). Many of Holst’s influences were fellow composers such as Edvard Grieg, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Other influences were from major events that

Texas Blues Musicians

1554 words - 7 pages mountains due to fog just minutes after taking off killing everyone onboard. (“Stevie Ray Vaughan”, 2013.) His legacy still lives on to this day with an ever-growing fan base. Janis Joplin has been called “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her generation.” (Janis Joplin Biography.) Joplin was born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. (Janis Lyn Joplin.) Early in her career she did not have luck as a solo artist; it was not

Inspirational Guitar Hero

1064 words - 5 pages Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most influential electrical guitarists in music history. In his life time Vaughan was admired by already established and well regarded musicians, for his soulful energy and powerful style of guitar play. Eric Clapton stated in a 1996 interview that he was so taken back by Stevie Ray Vaughan talent that while he was driving his car he had to pull over and listen to him play. Further, stating that he was

Ralph David Abernathy

938 words - 4 pages , Tennessee and Abernathy was devastated when he found out his best friend was killed. It was a major hit and loss for the SCLC and the whole black community was upset and angry. Abernathy knew he had to continue the SCLCs movement, this time as the president and leader of the SCLC. Works Cited “Ralph David Abernathy.” Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1992. Biography in Context. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. Kirkland, W. M

Legendary Bluegrass Music

719 words - 3 pages on Ralph Stanley Highway. Works Cited http://www.drralphstanley.com/biography/ralphstanley.shtml Ralph Stanley’s book “Man Of Constant Sorrow” http://www.drralphstanleymusic.com/bio.htm http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ralph-stanley-mn0000389979/biography http://www.drralphstanleymusic.com/

Expectations in the Movie The Hours

2984 words - 12 pages (Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography). For Brown it is unclear what makes her happy until the end of the movie when she is speaking with Vaughan. Brown tries to justify why she left her family: "It was death, I chose life." Woolf also makes this choice. One of the most moving scenes in The Hours was on the railway platform where Leonard Woolf finds Woolf sitting on a bench after she left the house without telling him. Here Woolf

The Life of Serena Williams

871 words - 4 pages her long, muscular legs and her quick arms, no wonder she is number one! Serena Williams had many hard times in her childhood. Richard and Oracene Williams raised their five daughters in the poor city of Compton, California. They gave birth to Serena Jameka Williams September 26, 1981 (“Serena Williams Biography”). Richard enjoyed tennis very much and would often have Serena and her older sister Venus practice for hours in the terrible tennis

Roger Williams

1746 words - 7 pages in 1630. In the colonies, Williams felt it was best for a man who continually spoke out against the Church of England for being too involved in the Government actions, to be rather than face the fire of being a heretic. After reading "Roger Williams", a biography written by Edwin Gaustad, the feelings, thoughts, and actions of Williams are shown through literature by Williams, letters between Williams and John Cotton, and Williams's actions with

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

3909 words - 16 pages of a new social movement…” (Williams, n.d.). Ralph was able to talk to the boys and in the beginning he was able to inspire them to think that they were going to get rescued. Even when most of the other boys left Ralph, he remained positive and inspirational to the boys that stayed. Jack on the other hand, was more of a traditional authority. Jack was the one and only leader and expected everyone to listen to him because he was the leader

‘Having a Laugh’: Masculinities, Health and Humour

897 words - 4 pages vulnerability, and beliefs which in the future can cause collusion with others when they regard health (Williams 2009). Works Cited Douglas M. 1975. Implicit meanings: Essays in anthropology. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Goffman E. 1967. Interaction ritual. New York: Pantheon. Nardi PM. 1998. The politics of gay men’s friendships. In Men’s lives, 4th edn, eds MS Kimmel and MA Messner, 250–67. Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon. Robertson S. 2006. Masculinity and reflexivity in health research with men. Auto/Biography 14: 302–19. Williams, R. (2009). 'Having a laugh': masculinities, health and humour. Nursing Inquiry, 16(1), 74-81. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.2009.00437.x

Similar Essays

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5

1249 words - 5 pages Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony Number FiveRalph Vaughan Williams, descended from the famous Wedgwood and Darwin families, was born at Down Ampney, Gloucestershire in 1872. In 1890 he entered the Royal College of Music, and in 1892 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge. One of the greatest of the British composers, a prolific writer of music, folksong collector, and champion of British cultural heritage, he died aged 85 in 1958. His ashes are

Biography Of Ralph Waldo Ellison Essay

941 words - 4 pages surprisingly close, one would be hard pressed to fully grasp the length, depth and breath of his education (Werner 3). Throughout his high school years he never lost his love for reading (Andrea N. Williams 1) Though he was only three when his father died, Ellison could remember a few things about Lewis such as being taught to dance by him at age two he cold do the Eagle Rock and the Black Bottom, popular dances at that time among African Americans

A Brief Biography Of Ralph Waldon Ellison

1355 words - 6 pages Today we are going to talk and expression the feelings and hardship of a man called by the name of Ralph Waldo Ellison. Ralph Waldo Ellison was born on March 1, 1914, in Oklahoma City. His parents were Ida (Brownie) and Lewis Ellison. Ralph was named after the famous New England poet, "Ralph Waldo Emerson." His father (Lewis Ellison) was killed in an car accident when Ralph was only three years old. They was like most kids Ralph's mother had

The Biography Of Ted Williams: The Greatist Hitter Ever In The History Of Baseball

770 words - 3 pages Ted Williams: The Splendid Splinter.It was the final game of the Boston Red Sox's 1960 Season, the crowd began to roar as "The Splendid Splinter" stepped up to bat for the final time of his career. The Crowd cried for something magnificent to happen to end this Legend's career. "Crack!" The crowd got on their feet and cheered just as Ted had ripped a frozen rope deep into leftfield deep into the stands for a homerun as he had done 520 times