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Lesser known followers of RVW


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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2013, 01:05:49 am »

Ina Boyle was strongly influenced by Vaughan Williams.
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« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2013, 02:37:15 am »

Christopher Le Fleming - very RVW sounding in places. His biography, "Journey into music by the slow strain" shows him to have been a very nice chap too.
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2013, 03:27:14 am »

Douglas Lilburn above all the others.
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2013, 04:41:55 am »

Early and mid-period Lilburn only, though.

In later life he embraced electronic music.
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« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2013, 02:25:59 pm »

Early and middle Lilburn is all that I can accept.  The poor man was virtually blind so I think he turned to electronics as his only creative option.  But from 1935-1960  it's pure RVW.  He was an RVW student in London.
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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2013, 03:34:25 pm »

Does anyone know if there's a line, somehow, leading from RVW to Mongolian composer Sembin Gonchigsumlaa [Gonchiksumla]? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sembiin_Gonchigsumlaa

Two of his symphonies are on Youtube:  
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… music is not only an `entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.  RVW, 1948
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2013, 08:10:01 pm »

Amongst US composers Bernard Herrmann is probably a well-known Anglophile and admirer of RVW, but lesser-known perhaps is Herbert W Spencer (1905-1992). During an amateur orchestral rehearsal of the RVW London Symphony someone made a remark about the finale sounding like Star Wars. I replied that this was actually pretty near the mark - Spencer orchestrated JW's Star Wars score and went on to do likewise with the other great JW scores, probably adding quite a bit of interest too in doing so!
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2013, 12:31:09 am »

Healey Willan - Canadian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healey_Willan

especially this fine piece:

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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2013, 02:20:19 pm »

The name of Willan is new to be but he certainly sounds worth exploring. The Wiki article shows that his formative years were spent in England but there is no mention of his composition teacher. Obviously the RVW influence is there, particularly his more personal style than a straight modal influence, though I can't find any documentation on this, only the influence of Brahms and Wagner.

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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2013, 06:59:29 pm »

Thanks Jolly Jumper for the lead to Willan's 2nd stmphony.
It's a fin work and I'm now searching for his other symphonies. I knew his  Piano Cto already, which is also a good one.
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2013, 02:09:40 pm »

There is only one other symphony. It, and many other works, can be accessed at the Canadian Music Centre's website. The Overture to an Unwritten Comedy is also a delight.
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2013, 03:51:12 pm »

Thanks Maris.
I'll give it try

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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2013, 04:36:19 pm »

Thanks from me too for the link to the Willan Symphony No.2 Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2013, 10:25:37 pm »

You are more than welcome..Wilan was most widely known and was prolific in liturgal music for chorus.
Unless you have an interest in that genre, you probably have not encountered him before.  
Wikipedia puts it this way

Willan composed some 800 musical pieces, the majority sacred works for choir such as anthems, hymns and mass settings. His non-sacred opus includes some 50 choral works, 100 song arrangements for voice with piano accompaniment, many works for piano solo, for voice with instrumental accompaniment, two symphonies, a piano concerto, chamber works, incidental music for stage works, ballad operas, and at least one important opera
(Deirdre).


As someone has pointed out, a good place to look is in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation archives.
http://www.musiccentre.ca/composers
You must register to listen, but it is free and well worth it..especially to hear more music by Hetu, Forsythe and a number of other gifted Candian Composers.
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« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2013, 12:11:39 am »

Was going to mention Gipps and am glad so many enjoy her music. At a greater distance, I hear the VW of minor chord organum (the Antarctic, for example) among the influences of Benjamin Lee's Symphony 4.
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