Midweek Music Moment: The Lark Ascending

‘The Lark Ascending’ is a magical solo violin & piano piece from British composer Vaughan Williams.

 

Williams (1872 – 1958) wrote music for over 50 years including operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies. 

 

Based on the George Meredith poem of the same name, Vaughan’s soaring musical piece was first performed in 1920 and is now more well-known than the original poem.

 

 

Outside of serving in WWI, Williams spent much of his time touring the British Isles and made it his life’s work to write down and preserve as much of the local music as possible.

Many of his musical themes have their origins in English folk songs and Tudor music of medieval times.

This second musical moment from Vaughan Williams is no exception – this majestic 17 minute piece for string orchestra is one of his finest, ‘Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis’ (aka Tallis Fantasia).

 

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