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Pilgrim’s Progress, Thelocked

  • Michael Kennedy

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Morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue by ralph Vaughan williams to his own libretto after John Bunyan’s allegory, with interpolations from the Bible and verse by Ursula Vaughan Williams; London, Covent Garden, 26 April 1951.

Although an agnostic, Vaughan Williams had a strong sense of music as a social force, involving himself in church music and regarding it (in the days before radio) as one of the few regular musical focal points for a community. Early in his career, he planned to make an opera from Bunyan’s ...

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