Ralph Vaughn Williams

Revenge of the Neo-Jacobins

Some mock America’s statue-smashers as ignoramuses who do not know what they are doing or why. But there are very good reasons why we see monuments cast down all over the West, including the United States. Let’s not wave this off as mindless stupidity. The radical rule is that the more you destroy, the more [...]

From Vaughan Williams in London to Rachmaninov in Rimini

During a late summer adventure that took me to Rimini, Italy, I was able to stop over in London for a day to catch a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in the wonderful Proms series, which is one of the musical glories of that great city. I've never been particularly taken with the symphonies [...]

"Love Bade Me Welcome" a poem by George Herbert was set to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams as part of his "Five Mystical Songs" (1906-11).  Both the poem and the song have the power to convert.  The poem had a profound effect on the Jewish philosopher/mystic Simone Weil.  The song has, more times than I can recall, [...]

On Easter We Can Sing A Song About Love

"Love Bade Me Welcome" a poem by George Herbert was set to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams as part of his "Five Mystical Songs" (1906-11).  Both the poem and the song have the power to convert.  The poem had a profound effect on the Jewish philosopher/mystic Simone Weil.  The song has, more times than I can recall, [...]

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