Ralph Vaughan Williams
(1872 - 1958)
'His music is an atmosphere. It does not woo the impressionable senses; it does satisfy all the moods of pleasure-loving and sinful man. The greatness of it comes from a certain order of our national way of living, independent and natural as a growth out of the earth, refreshed by all the weathers and humours and dispositions of the reserved but romantic English.'