Kopernick and Annie-Marion Stokowski later had two other children:
His father died when he was just seven and following the outbreak of the First World War Finzi moved with his mother to Harrogate, in Yorkshire. But attracted by the beauty of the English Countryside, Finzi moved to Painswick, Gloucestershire, in where he was able to compose in tranquility.
But rural and musical isolation soon became oppressive and in he moved back to London and began to study with RO Morris, one of the outstanding British teachers of the inter-war years.
Other acquaintances in London included Holst, Bliss, Rubbra and Ferguson — who was also to become a life-long friend. In Finzi gained a teaching appointment at the Royal Academy of Music, but in gave up the post after he married artist Joy Black and moved back to the country, to Aldbourne, Wiltshire.
It was a performance that could have brought him to prominence sooner. In the Finzis moved to Ashmansworth Farm, Hampshire. During the war years Gerald Finzi was drafted into the Ministry of War Transport and opened his house to a number of German and Czech refugees.
He founded the Newbury String Players, initially using local amateurs, reviving much neglected 18th Century string music as well as giving several premieres by his contemporaries.
The discovery in no way lessened his activities, particularly those undertaken for other composers. He had championed Ivor Gurney in the s and those efforts continued. Finzi finally lost the fight against his illness and he died on September 27, His Cello Concerto was first broadcast the night before he died.
Today, his music continues to be much admired and celebrated. It embraces a rich variety of moods, from elegiac lyricism, through spiritual reflection, to radiant joy.
In particular the deaths of his father, three brothers and his teacher introduced the theme of fragility and transient existence, which was explored in many later works. His oeuvre, extending to more than songs for soloist or choir, firmly establishes him as one of the most popular 20th Century British composers.Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond Review: The Vagabond is based on words written by Robert Louis Stevenson ().
With their saucy praise of the life on the road and the freedom of nature, they are reminders of the ancient traditions of the wanderer. Ralph Vaughan Williams was not only a composer of the utmost importance for English music but also one of the great symphonists of the 20th century.
He was born on 12 October in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney, where his father was vicar. Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October at Down Ampney, a village near Cricklade in Gloucestershire where his father was a vicar.
He composed his first work at the age of six and learned the piano, organ and violin as a child.
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