Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Cordelia Curle

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Wed [3rd January 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Belov Boo.

Morris’s Symph came through perfectly - It sounded very distinguished to me - The 1st movement just slightly like R’s ‘Pastoral’ in sound. The 2nd movement very delicate & curious, the last more rhythmic & perhaps the most attractive - I think the end of it all might have been more emotional -
R liked it very much - but says the form is a bit too clear for the emotional content & that Adrian1 didn’t put enough passion into it - & never really got inside it - but certainly it was marvellously clear to follow - good applause from QH2 wh was a good half full- wh was remarkable considering the fog.  Everyone who had a wireless must have listened in with pleasure - Morris is such a good broadcaster - his scoring so clear.3
 All is well with us - R going to London for Folk dance Fest on Saturday -
Morris & Emmie4 are coming here tomorrow or Friday - such a good visit from Mac Lettle[?] & Mary5  -
Mac has done good work in stirring up Ad’s head master!6


Mrs Curle
c/o Charles Tennyson Esq
Farring ford
I of Wight

1. Adrian Boult
2. Queen's Hall
3. R.O. Morris’s Sinfonia in C major (unpublished and not mentioned in The New Grove, but listed in Grove 5).
4. R.O. Morris and Emmeline Morris.
5. Unidentified
6. Adam was Cordelia's son.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/8, ff.109-112
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