Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Sumsion

Letter No.: 
[?August 1931]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear John,
Lark 2 Fl 1Ob 2 Cl 2 Fag 2 Cor 1 ? & str,
Job. 3 Fl (Picc – Bass Flute) 2 Ob, C.ang, 2 clar, 1 Bass clar, 1 Eb saxophone, 2 Fag, 1 C Fag.
4 Hns, 3 Tpts, 3 Tro, 1 Tuba.
2 Hps, 1 Timp, 3 percussion (?, S.D., B.D. cym, gong, xylophone, glockenspiel) organ, strings
Of these the bass Fl & can double Fl III & picc or (if this is not cleared by trade union regs) is cued in to Fag.
Ob 2 is cued in, Bass clar is cued in
Saxophone is cued in or can be doubled by Bass clar
C. Fag is cued in
1 hp can be omitted
Organ is available

Lark is published by OUP
Job (M.S.) ‘controlled’ by OUP 
My love to Alice & the family

1. VW was to conduct his Lark Ascending and suite from Job at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, where Sumsion was organist.


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MS Mus. 1752/2/2, ff. 31-32
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