Michael Kennedy - The Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams
'It's really war-time music - a great deal of it incubated when I used to go up night after night with the ambulance waggon at Ecoivres and we went up a steep hill and there was a wonderful Carol-like landscape in the sunset - it's not really lambkins frisking as most people take for granted.'
From a letter to Ursula Vaughan Williams, 1938
'In its unassertiveness, the Pastoral stands with the Tallis Fantasia, Job and the Fifth Symphony as one of the composer's master-works, and as one of the great symphonies of the twentieth century.'
Wilfrid Mellers - Vaughan Williams & the vision of Albion
'There exists already at least one really important achievement which owes its existence directly to the influence of folk-song, and that is the supremely beautiful Pastoral Symphony of Vaughan Williams. I have an unbounded admiration for this work...'
E J Moeran to the Musical Times, March 1931
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