The following is a lesson I prepared last June for the Soirée Society of the Arts. Members of the society take turns teaching each other about artists past and present—composers, authors, artists, and playwrights. Below is one of the first lessons for English Romantic composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, with the month’s assignment.

I so enjoyed preparing these lessons and learning more about one of my favorite composers. Hubert Foss’s study, which contains Vaughan Williams’s ‘Musical Autobiography,’ was a main source.