Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
[Early March 1933]

The White Gates
Westcott Road

Dear Gustav

I've been going carefully through the Welsh Folksongs.1
It's taken me a little time to get accustomed to them. - I think that is inevitable, because when one is in the trade oneself one gets stereotyped ideas as to how those things should be done.  But now I am getting to love the ones I do like more and more.  “The Dove”, “Nightingale & Linnet” - beautiful. I think the best words, tune & setting is “Awake awake”. 
“Lisa Lan” & “Green Grass” - I somehow feel the setting rather obscures the outlines of the melody (I don't care for the tune of Green Grass much.)  “Lovers Complaint” I don't somehow like, (dull tune?) but doubtless my opinions will change.
I am longing to hear how you are - we must meet soon - I am coming to town on Monday (2.30 studio to hear Andrews’ Concerto tried over2) & later on to rehearsal of Brahms’ Requiem - could we meet then?
Good time  in Belfast - one of the best choirs I have heard.3


1.  Twelve Welsh Folksongs, H.183.
2.  According to Herbert Kennedy Andrews - this work was apparently never published.  It is mentioned disparagingly in Ferguson and Hurd, eds., Letters of Gerald Finzi and Howard Ferguson, p.170
3.  VW visited Belfast to conduct a concert of his works in February 1933.  See footnote to VWL891.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, ff.106-108
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Printed with omissions as Letter XXXIV in Heirs and Rebels.

Heirs and Rebels, Letter XXXIV
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