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Royal Free Singers - Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony /Strauss: Four Last Songs

Saturday April 6, 2019 at 19:30
Eton College School Hall, Eton
£15, £18 on the door; £5 under 16, £1 under 12
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  1. Symphony No 1, 'A Sea Symphony' - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  2. Four Last Songs - Richard Strauss

In this stunning, historic venue, the Royal Free Singers are delighted to be performing two works in this concert which represent the beginning of one twentieth century composer's career and the final work of another.

Strauss's Four Last Songs are, says Classic FM's Jane Jones, simply one of the most touchingly beautiful ways for a composer to end his career; a swansong of such sublime beauty that takes your breath away.

'A Sea Symphony', Vaughan Williams's first major work, is remarkable, being the first choral symphony in which the choir is as integral to the whole work as is the orchestra. In earlier choral symphonies, such as those by Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Mahler, the chorus appears in just one or two movements. The text for A Sea Symphony is taken from the poetry collection Leaves of Grass by the American poet Walt Whitman, whose work Vaughan Williams discovered and grew to love while a student in Cambridge.

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