Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a Norwegian composer whose musical inspiration came from the folk music and folk stories of his homeland. He wrote a range of musical forms, but concentrated primarily on piano compositions. His most popular music was written as incidental music for the play Peer Gynt.
Ralph Vaughan Williams,seen here with foxie, is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of ‘Englishness’.