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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Elizabethan Music and the Modern World

Elizabethan Music and the Modern World

(p.66) (p.67) Chapter 11 Elizabethan Music and the Modern World
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The great artists are only international and universal insofar as they are also intensely national. Elizabethan music is still a living force both for today and tomorrow, because it means something to people still. The present musical situation seems in many respects parallel with that of Elizabethan times. England is seething with musical inventiveness, now as then. The Elizabethan golden age, after a short period of unexampled activity, suddenly faded out. These young minds and hearts, still young and tender growths, can either be nurtured and fostered or they can be starved by indifference and neglect. Here it is that people can learn from the Elizabethans. They knew nothing of international celebrities or of world movements in art, but wherever four or five people were gathered together they wished to make music on those instruments that heaven had provided for them: their own natural voices.

Keywords:   Elizabethan music, England, golden age, Elizabethans, natural voices

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