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England's musical heritage is rich and diverse, so we've picked the most English of English music to celebrate St George's Day on 23 April.
Butterworth was a great English composer who never fulfilled his potential because his life was cut tragically short in the First World War. The Banks of Green Willow was written in 1913. It is loosely based on the song that Vaughan Williams had lovingly recorded on one of his folk safaris in 1909. It has become almost a symbol of that long-lost halcyon Edwardian age, as if Butterworth were transcribing the disappearing world around him.
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