299 Symphony No.1 ('A Sea Symphony')
Vaughan Williams

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In 1892, Vaughan Williams had been introduced to the poetry of Walt Whitman by the soon-to-be-famous atheist philosopher and fellow Cambridge graduate Bertrand Russell. Whitman's work was to have a beguiling effect on the young composer.

In 1903, he started work on a set of pieces originally titled Songs of the Sea, all of which set Whitman's poetry to music. These songs morphed into An Ocean Symphony — which, in turn, eventually became A Sea Symphony, the creation we know and love today.

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