Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ralph Vaughn Williams: If You Want to Hear What Heaven Must Sound Like, Listen to The Lark Ascending



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

This is the most lyrical music I’ve ever heard, this side of Scheherazade.

Passages and riffs sound familiar, such that I am convinced that Williams has been ripped off by many movie composers. Indeed, I first recall hearing his name in a comment at the Youtube posting of a suite of John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score to The Reivers.

The commenter said, to paraphrase, that Ralph Vaughn Williams’ (1872-1958) fields were among John Williams’ favorite for poaching, at least in the case of The Reivers.

My chief of research insists that he played this for me about a year ago.

The Lark Ascending


Published on Sep 1, 2010

The World Rose:

An English classic, performed here by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with David Nolan on violin and Vernon Handley conducting.

(Picture: "The Cornfield", 1826, by John Constable)

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