in Dorset - 19 September, 1958

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 250:

In the morning I listened to the Vaughan Williams ceremony in the Abbey.  First his Dives & Lazarus variants.  I had never heard them - they are echt V.W., with that power of imaginative invention, phrase growing from phrase like rose-wands.  Then the Bach Con. for 2 fiddles. The slow movement at the slowest tempo I have ever heard, ripe for eternity.  Then the Sons of Morning pavane.

Then the funeral itself, Croft, Ps. 104 (bless it!) and Greene's extraordinarily moving & accomplished (better than accomplished - coherent) Lord, let me know thy …   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 250. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Dorset

Listening to

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O Taste and see
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Coronation All People
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lord let me know thy end
written by Greene
Concerto for 2 violins
written by Bach
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 September, 1958
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, solitary


The occasion was the funeral of Ralph Vaughan Williams at Westminster Abbey.

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:49:31 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:26:46 +0000