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Lesser known followers of RVW

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... an opening of those magic casements ...

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« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2017, 07:36:50 pm »

....and I am happy to ignore Hugh Wood's sour observation that "the work of their (Vaughan Williams and Holst) imitators is already dead".
In retrospect, it's rather obvious that the generation of these composers - Ruth Gipps comes to mind, but also Elizabeth Maconchy - was simply overtaken by the 'high modernism' that came in vogue - more so: in a powerful position - after the war. Now, finally hearing their music, I am so often struck by its quality. How many fine composers have we been neglecting for so long?  ::)
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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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