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The Lark Ascending by R. Vaughan Williams - Mifune Tsuji & Yukie Smith

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Published on Sep 20, 2013

Video clip from our chamber concert at the Trinity College Chapel.
15 September, 2013

Ralph Vaughan-Williams is perhaps the greatest English composer of the 20th century and "The Lark Ascending" his finest work. It was originally written in 1914 for violin and piano with an orchestral version appearing in the 1920's.

Now in the 21st-century, this piece almost seems to characterize an 'English' classical music style. It is a fine example of Vaughan-Williams talent for bringing together a traditional evocation of the English countryside within a modern impressionist framework.
The piece is based on a poem by George Meredith about a skylark. In the poem, the song of the bird is likened to the human spirit rooted in a living land, which as it ascends strives to achieve a greater harmony.

The piece was however first performed after the catastrophic events of the First World War. In response to a collective grief, the more ethereal violin passages began to be interpreted as giving an impression of the human soul's passage toward heaven from an earth suggested by the accompanying piano.

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Mifune Tsuji - violin
Yukie Smith - piano

Piano model: 2007 Steinway D

Video recorder: Flip Video Ultra HD
Audio recorder: Zoom H4n
Video editor: Corel VideoStudio Pro X5

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