Ralph Vaughan Williams October 1(2, 1872 - August 26, 1958) grew up always wanting to be a composer. He spent his life collecting folk songs (songs which are passed down through being sung to each other – like telling stories) He collected 800 and used them in his music.
In his old age he became quite deaf. This was because of the noise of gunfire he had been exposed to when he was serving as a stretcher bearer in World War 1.
The Lark Ascending: Written in 1914 at the start of World War 1, Vaughan Williams’ beautiful work is about an innocent bird flying higher into the sky. It is played on a volin with an orchestra accompanying the soloist. At times, the soaring solo melody ascends so high you can hardly hear it.
The Lark Ascending