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Ralph Vaughan Williams

1872-1958. English composer. Son of a clergyman in the west of England, he studied at Cambridge, at the Royal College of Music, and with Bruch in Berlin. For a time he was a church organist, but soon gave it up and devoted himself primarily to composition. He was noted as a lecturer, a folksong collector, and a choral conductor. He was a deep student of Elizabethan music, which was one of the contributing factors to his striking and original personal style. Like Schütz,* in his maturity he took time out to study with an acknowledged master, Maurice Ravel.