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Jacob_Stevens
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Yes!  Check out anything by Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, or Ralph Vaughn Williams.  They were modern composers (19th-20th century) who wrote great works based upon traditional English melodies.  Their works are absolutely beautiful.  For Percy Grainger (he was Australian, though his works are considered distinctly English), I recommend Lincolnshire Posy and Country Gardens.  For Holst, really anything he wrote has a very English sound.  He is famous for his orchestral work “The Planets”, in which he dedicates a movement to each planet in our solar system, excepting Earth and Pluto (which had not been discovered at the time).  The movement for Jupiter has a middle melodic section that later was taken and put to patriotic words and used as a British patriotic song.  And for Vaughn Williams, a good number of his solo vocal works are just re-arranged English folk songs to be sung with piano accompinament.  Also, Vaughn Williams's “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” is considered an English classic, as well as just an incredibly beautiful piece of music.  You can't go wrong with any of these guys  ;D Hope that helps!  If you are looking for something a bit earthier, I will try to help as well.

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