#6 Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending ?
This gorgeousness comes from the visionary 20th century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose musical language was profoundly influenced in 1904 when he was asked to edit the English Hymnal. What was to take two months instead took two years, and in completing the project, Vaughan Williams came to love the modal, polyphonic beauty of Tudor composers. He also drew inspiration from poets. In writing The Lark Ascending, the composer quoted a poem by George Meredith which includes these lines:
For singing till his heaven fills,
‘Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up.