Well, we had Symphony 4 on Day 4, Symphony 5 on Day 5, guess what we have today? I do see these symphonies as a trio. Before, During, and after World War II, these symphonies all characterize everything that is Vaughan Williams, and it also characterizes the war. Vaughan Williams never wanted us to associate the music too much with the war, but art is influenced by the world it lives in, and the entire world was completely engulfed in the war. The fourth movement is my favorite in this one, all I can say is that is a musical representation of a nuclear wasteland. This entire symphony is in four linked movements, so there’s no break, I will give this piece a much shorter description than the last one. In fact, I have one word per movement. Desperate, chilling, menacing, haunting.
Ladies and gentlemen, Vaughan Williams 6