Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
[23 January 1933]

The White Gates,
 Westcott Road,

Dear Adrian
I hope very much to be at the rehearsal on Monday – but I may possibly be prevented –
Now what I am frightened about in this Concerto1 is the balance [-] it may be overscored – so if I am not there I give you carte blanche to thin out the score as you wish if you do not think the pfte will come through enough (it is necessarily right on the top all the way through)
I hope Gustav2 will be at the rehearsal
R Vaughan Williams

P.S. At all events you very likely won’t want all the desks of strings playing all the time.

1. VW's Piano Concerto, which Harriet Cohen was to play under Adrian Boult on 31 January. See VWL1028.
2. Gustav Holst

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File 910, VW composer
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Undated; received at B.B.C. 23rd January 1933. Moore, Music and friends, p.108, dates this letter 3rd January.

Cobbe 222; Moore, Music and Friends, p.108
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