Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams takes the Number 3 spot for the second year in a row
In 1908, Vaughan Williams travelled to Paris to study orchestration with Maurice Ravel. It proved to be an inspiring experience. When he returned home, he undertook one of his most fruitful periods of composition. The year 1910 saw the premiere of not just his mighty first symphony, A Sea Symphony, but of the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, too at the Gloucester Three choirs Festival.
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