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Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on Greensleeves

Turn of the 20th Century English Composers

Ralph Vaughan Williams arrived on the scene just as a definite English classical music sound was being established. His three main teachers at the Royal Academy of Music were Arthur Sullivan, Hubert Parry, and Charles Stanford. Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst also had an influence on Vaughan Williams. Other contemporaries of his were George Butterworth, Percy Grainger, and Peter Warlock.

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Which of Vaughan Williams teachers at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London was actually Irish?

Charles Hubert Hastings Perry

Charles Stanford

Sir Arthur Sullivan

Henry Purcell

Percy Grainger


2.Who had the greatest influence on Vaughan Williams music?

Charles Hubert Hastings Perry

Percy Grainger

Edward Elgar

Gustav Holst

Sir Arthur Sullivan


3. Which of the following composers collected English folk music?

Edward Elgar

Henry Purcell

Percy Grainger

Peter Warlock

Gordon Jacob


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