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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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Charles Villiers Stanford, by Some of His Pupils

Charles Villiers Stanford, by Some of His Pupils

(p.297) Chapter 66 Charles Villiers Stanford, by Some of His Pupils
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

In Charles Villiers Stanford's music a sense of style, a sense of beauty, and the feeling of a great tradition are never absent. His music is in the best sense of the word Victorian, that is to say it is the musical counterpart of the art of Alfred Tennyson, George Frederic Watts, and Matthew Arnold. A composer cannot always be master of his inspiration, but he can see to it that his tools are always of tempered steel. This was preeminently the case with Stanford, so that whenever a true inspiration came to him he was ready for it, and it was doubtless this perfection of workmanship which helped to give such compositions as the Stabat Mater, the Prelude to The Travelling Companion, and the Songs of the Fleet a beauty that is imperishable.

Keywords:   Charles Villiers Stanford, sense of style, sense of beauty, tradition, Stabat Mater, Travelling Companion, Fleet

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