Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Birthday
12, 1872
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Aug 26, 1958 (85)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
12, 1872
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Aug 26, 1958 (85)

About

Musician who drew inspiration from history, art, the landscape, folklore, and literature. He edited the English Hymnal.

Before Fame

He began playing the piano, but his aptitude for the instrument was considered dreadful. He found his niche when he discovered the violin.

Trivia

His first great public successes came with "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis," "A Sea Symphony," and "A London Symphony" from 1914.

Family Life

He married Adeline Fisher on October 9, 1897, and Ursula Wood on February 7, 1953. He was one of Charles Darwin's great-nephews.

Associated With

He and Leopold Stokowski both studied under the same organ teacher at the Royal College of Music.