Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer
Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams is recognized as one of the
masterpieces of the concert band repertoire.
Vaughan Williams, one of the most eminent of contemporary English composers,
is known throughout the world for his splendid choral and orchestral works.
Like many modern English composers, he found great inspiration in the study
of folk music and in the work of early English masters such as Purcell.
He made his own the modal harmonies and striking rhythms found in the
traditional folks songs of Norfolk and Somerset, but formed an entirely
individual style out of these elements.
Vaughan Williams’ interest in the wind band has nowhere found more
satisfactory expression than in this suite; the score is remarkable for
its originality and masterful instrumentation.
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