3 Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams

Non-mover. 5th year at No.3. 7th of VW's 8 entries in this year's Hall of Fame.

In 1908, Vaughan Williams travelled to Paris to study orchestration with Maurice Ravel. It proved to be an inspiring experience. When he returned home, he undertook one of his most fruitful periods of composition. The year 1910 saw the premiere of not just his mighty first symphony, A Sea Symphony, but of the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, too — at the Gloucester Three choirs Festival.

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