'''Ralph Vaughan Williams''' OM (;Vaughan Williams, Ursula. (1964) ''R.V.W. A Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams'', Oxford University Press. The preface, ''Notes on Names'', says "Ralph's name was pronounced Rayf, any other pronunciation used to infuriate him." 12 October 1872 - 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting activity influenced both his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, in which he included many folk song arrangements as hymn tunes, and several of his own original compositions.