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View Diary: Thursday Classical Music, Opus D107: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk, Tallis and Lark (31 comments)

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  •  My favorite composer. He captures England. (5+ / 0-)

    Yeah, he does big and brassy well, but his best work is in his subtle stuff that's not too loud.  Check out the first movement of his oboe concerto:

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 08:19:11 PM PST

    •  The third movement of that concerto is amazing (6+ / 0-)

      Just some of the most gorgeous music RVW wrote (and that's saying a lot, given it's RVW!).

      One of my all-time favorite moments is actually from one of his lesser-known works: Riders to the Sea, his almost complete setting of J. M. Synge's one-act play of the same name.

      Check out the passage that starts out around 3:30. I've never heard its like: so despairing, and yet still consoling.


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