(Leader, JOHN BRIDGE)
ROY HENDERSON and T. H. MORRISON
THE WORKS of Walt Whitman , the American poet, have in recent years made a great appeal to composers, particularly those for whom the philosophy of life and living is a congenial study ; Delius, for example, and more especially Vaughan Williams. The words of ' Toward the Unknown Region ' are taken from a well-known poem of Whitman's beginning:
' Darest thou now, 0 Soul, Walk out with me toward the unknown region ' ? to that land where :
' All waits undreamed of '. This work, Vaughan Williams's first important composition for choir and orchestra, had its first performance at the Leeds Festival in 1907, and its success marked him from that date as a composer of power and promise. It was followed at the next Leeds Festival by ' A Sea Symphony '. This confirmed the earlier promise and marked the beginning of his coming pre-eminence
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