Who was the English Composer who wrote For All the Saints?

Dear Friends,

This weekend the church will observe All Saints’ Day.  To celebrate, Dina will sing the hymn For all the saints by English composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872 - 1958).

Vaughan-Williams was born to an affluent English family that had strong values and progressive social views.  He sought to be of service his entire life, and believed that making music available to everyone was an important part of that mission.

English composers of this era bore a heavy mark on their music, as Germanic influences had dominated their style for more than a generation.  With the help of French composer Maurice Ravel, Vaughan-Williams was able to break free of this mold.  He is remembered for numerous symphonies and concert works, and for a style which many consider quintessentially English.

Enjoy the music this weekend - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!


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