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 Church Music Composers
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Ralph (1872–1958). A student of Parry and Stanford at the Royal College of Music, composer of nine symphonies, concertos and other orchestral music, film and ballet music. A collector of folk-songs, he arranged some of these into hymn tunes as Editor of The English Hymnal, Songs of Praise and The Oxford Book of Carols and these remain very popular. He was such an important composer that he is buried in Westminster Abbey near to Purcell and Stanford. His church music includes a Mass in G minor, a Communion motet O taste and see (written for the Coronation in ), a Te Deum in G, large scale anthems such as O clap your hands, Lord, thou hast been our refuge and the exuberant Let all the world from his Five Mystical Songs.
VICTORIA, Tomas Luis de (1548–1611). Spanish composer but spent much time in Rome and so his name is sometimes spelt the Italian way – Vittoria. He was a contemporary of Palestrina but his music is more homophonic than Palestrina’s and uses more dissonance to achieve expression. His masses O quam gloriosum, O magnum mysterium and matching motets with the same titles, together with pieces from his Holy Week Tenebrae, are especially notable.
WALFORD DAVIES, Henry (1869–1941). A chorister at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, he was organist of the Temple Church in London for  years. Knighted in , he gave many lectures on BBC Radio and was Master of the King’s Musick for the last seven years of his life. He composed many anthems, introits and services but is most remembered for the RAF

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