Notes On Music
2:15 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Music of the Fen

Fenland near Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England
Fenland near Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England
Credit flickr.com / Tom Ellis

A fen is a low and marshy area of land.

 In 1907, Ralph Vaughan Williams composed a so-called “symphonic impression”, titled In the Fen Country, in which he pictures an area of East Anglia, a region of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

It’s interesting the term connects to Boston’s Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.  The stadium was built over what was once a fen.

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