Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Jack Gordon

Letter No.: 
April 13 [1937]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Gordon

Here is still another letter about ‘Hugh’.1  Which if you take my advice you will throw into the wastepaper basket unread.  It refers of course to the difficult situation in Act 2 – It has been suggested to me that the horn calls do not sufficiently indicate that the lovers are surrounded on all sides & cannot possibly escape.  How about supplementing the horn calls with some distant ‘halloos’?  - not on any definite note nor any definite time -they must of course cease when Mary starts “Now listen” as the audiences’ attention must be concentrated on the lovers scheme and not distracted-
I give this suggestion for what it is worth.
Yours sincerely

R Vaughan Williams2

1.  VW refers to the revival of Hugh the Drover (CW 1924/2) being put on by Sadlers Wells as part of the Coronation festivities for George VI – see WVW p.256
2.  Signed by VW.

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