The Lark Ascending

Yesterday morning, when my second alarm came on, Classical WETA 90.9 was playing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” based on a George Meredith poem. My assistant was about to turn the radio off, but I begged to leave it on. I hadn’t heard it in a while. It’s good not to block melodies out as much.

Williams is a favorite composer, but he deserves a separate entry sometime. Here’s some background on both works.

Here is the music. The first video is how it was originally heard. The second is the orchestral version.