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Pathfinder for Ralph Vaughan Williams

The following pathfinder was created for music students and researchers looking for information on the life and works of the British 20th Century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). It includes general reference sources, biographical sources, writings by the composer himself, catalogs of works, studies and essays on the composer and his work, internet resources, and several audio/visual resources.


Introductory Reference Resources:

Kennedy, M. (2006). The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed., rev. Oxford University Press. ML100 .K35 2006

Sadie, S. and John Tyrrell, eds. (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., vol. 26, pp. 345-362. Groves Dictionaries, Inc. ML100 .N48

Slonimsky, N. and Laura Kuhn, eds. (2001). Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Gale Group. ML105 .B16 2001

Slonimsky, N. (1994). Music Since 1900. Schirmer Books. ML197.S56 M87 1994

Subject Headings:

Ralph Vaughan Williams Broader Terms: Music --England --History and criticism. Music --England --19th century --History and criticism. Music --England --20th century --History and criticism.

Related Terms: Composers --England. Composers --England --Correspondence. Nationalism in music

Narrower Terms: Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 Vaughan Williams, R. Ralph, 1872-1958. Works. Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958. Symphonies. Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

Classification Numbers:

Information on Composers

Dewey Decimal: 780

Library of Congress: ML 385-429 ML 430-458 MT 90-146

Biographical Sources:

Day, J. (1998). Vaughan Williams, 3rd ed. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press. ML410.V28 D39 1998

Dickinson, A. E. F. (1963). Vaughan Williams. London: Faber and Faber. ML410.V3 D5 1963

Foss, H. J. (1950). Ralph Vaughan Williams; a study. New York: Oxford University Press. ML410.V3 F6 1950

Hurd, M. (1970). Vaughan Williams. New York: T. Y. Crowell Co. ML410.V3 H9 1970b

Moore, J. N. (1992). Vaughan Williams; a life in photographs. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press. ML88.V39 M66 1992

Vaughan Williams, U. (1964). R.V.W.; a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams. London; New York: Oxford University Press. ML410.V3 V4 1964

Writings by Vaughan Williams:

Holst, G. and Ralph Vaughan Williams; Ursula Vaughan Williams, ed. (1959). Heirs and Rebels; letters written to each other and occasional writings on music, by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. London; New York: Oxford University Press. 780.92 V371B1

Vaughan Williams, R. (1987). National music and other essays. Oxford [Oxfordshire]; New York : Oxford University Press. ML60 .V288 1987

Catalogs of Musical Works:

Kennedy, M. (1996). A catalogue of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press. ML134.V28 K46 1996

Kennedy, M. (1980). The works of Ralph Vaughan Williams. London; New York: Oxford University Press. ML410.V3 K4 1980

Collections of Studies and Essays:

Butterworth, N. (1989). Ralph Vaughan Williams; a guide to research. New York: Garland. ML134.V28 B87 1989

Frogley, A., ed. (1996). Vaughan Williams studies. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. ML410.V28 V28 1996

Mellers, W. H. (1989). Vaughan Williams and the vision of Albion. London: Barrie & Jenkins. ML410.V28 M45 1989

Pakenham, S. (1957). Ralph Vaughan Williams; a discovery of his music. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press. ML410.V3 P33 1957

Schwartz, E. (1964). The symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. MT130.V27 S4 1964

Internet Resources:

Audio Interview with Ralph Vaughan Williams concerning editing the English Hymnal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/audiointerviews/profilepages/vaughanwilliamsr1.shtml

The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. http://www.rvwsociety.com/

Vaughan Williams at the Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0891002/

Vaughan Williams on Music. http://vaughanwilliamsonmusic.com/default.aspx

Audio/Visual Resources:

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Choral Works. Various soloists, choirs, orchestras and conductors. Hyperion, 2008. CD.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. The complete symphonies. Various orchestras and conductors. EMI Classics, 2000. CD.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, In the Fen Country, Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E Minor, The Wasps Overture, Variations for Orchestra, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Cond. Sir Neville Marriner. Phillips, 1995. CD.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Film Music of Vaughan Williams, Vol. 1. BBC Philharmonic. Cond. Rumon Gamba. Chandos, 2002. CD.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Vaughan Williams conducts Vaughan Williams. BBC Symphony Orchestra. Cond. Ralph Vaughan Williams. Halle Orchestra. Cond. Sir John Barbirolli. Dutton, 2002. CD.

“O Thou Transcendent”; The life of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Dir. Tony Palmer. Isolde Films, 2007. DVD.

Scott of the Antarctic. Dir. Charles Frend. 1948. 905 Entertainment, 2006. DVD.

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