Vaughan Williams and the Symphony
Title Details

1st January 2003

352 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Symphonic Studies

Imprint: Toccata Press

Vaughan Williams and the Symphony

by Lionel Pike

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Reveals the hidden complexities in the work of `RVW'.
Vaughan Williams' nine symphonies are among the finest pieces of music written in the twentieth century, each one revealing new aspects of Vaughan Williams' formidable creative personality. But for many years these works were undervalued by imperceptive critics - and Vaughan Williams did himself no favours by joking, with misplaced humility, about what he felt was his own lack of expertise.

Lionel Pike's penetrating analysis of all nine works reveals the hidden complexities that lie below the surface. He argues that `RVW' has been consistently denied his rightful place in twentieth-century music and in the history of the symphony, and that close investigation can uncoverelements of construction that show the mind of a genius at work.

LIONEL PIKE is Senior Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway (University of London), and has been organist of the college chapel since 1969. For four years hewas Dean of the Faculty of Music in the University of London. He was a chorister and assistant organist at Bristol Cathedral, and at the University of Oxford he was organ scholar of Pembroke College.

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Title Details

1st January 2003

352 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Symphonic Studies

Imprint: Toccata Press