Bust, head only. The most significant English composer of his generation, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) studied at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music before travelling to the continent for further instructions from Max Bruch and Maurice Ravel. It was not until 1910, following a detailed study of folk music that he fully established a personal musical voice. After the First World War he joined the teaching staff of the Royal College of Music, where his pupils included Gordon Jacob and Elizabeth Maconchy.


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