Gustav Holst

English Composers Who Loved Folk Songs

Both Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams loved using folk music in their music. They were inspired by a "folk song revival" started by an English musician named Cecil Sharp collected thousands of folk tunes from around England in the early 1900's.

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Music In This Episode

A Somerset Rhapsody

High German

Norfolk Rhapsody #1

Captain Ward

Green Bushes

Cutty Wren

Brigg Fair

Brigg Fair

Banks of Green Willow

The Banks of Green Willow

Concert Variations on an English Theme

Down Among the Dead Men