Modernist Rifts in a Pastoral Landscape: Observations on the Manuscripts of Vaughan Williams's Fourth Symphony

Barone, Anthony
March 2008
Musical Quarterly;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 91 Issue 1/2, p60
Academic Journal
The article examines the compositional strategies in the manuscripts of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fourth Symphony." It analyzes how the compositional problems and choices reveal the composer's navigation of modernist aesthetics. It describes how Vaughan Williams encountered and resolved problems of rhythmic, melodic and textural design in the ostensibly modernist score. An examination of compositional procedures indicates that while elements of modernism reside on the musical surface of the symphony and in its musical theme, the aesthetic problems of modernism also reside in the creative process, whose modernist struggle between organic unity and fragmentation is recorded in the symphony's manuscripts.


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