Ralph Vaughan Williams in Royal College of Music - 1891

from Notes for Vaughan Williams's Talk on Parry and Stanford, 1957, page 95:

In 1891 when I first went to Parry he was indeed an out-and-out radical both in art and life. He introduced me to Wagner and Brahms - which was quite contrary to curricula then obtaining in academies. He showed me the greatness of Bach and Beethoven as compared with Handel and Mendelssohn. He once discovered with horror that I did not know the finale of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, so he sat down and played it to me, pointing out as he went on, how the development grew to a great climax. It was a wonderful performance and I shall never forget it.
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Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Notes for Vaughan Williams's Talk on Parry and Stanford, 1957. In Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams (ed.), Heirs and rebels (London, ), p. 95. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1406890910391 accessed: 16 May, 2022

location of experience: Royal College of Music


Ralph Vaughan Williams

Listening to

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The finale of Beethoven's 'Appassionata Sonata'
written by Beethoven
performed by Hubert Parry

Experience Information

Date/Time 1891
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:01:50 +0100
Approved on Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:33:53 +0000