Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Julian Herbage at the BBC

Letter No.: 
VWL1182
Jan 18 [1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Mr Herbage

Thank you for your letter.1
My ‘Four Hymns’  belong properly to Tenor so I should prefer to have Mr Wilson - their original interpreter.
The solo at the end of the ‘Pastoral Symphony’  is marked ‘soprano or tenor’ though it is usually sung by a soprano - But of course I must leave this to you.
As regards the timing of the various pieces I will go through the Hymns and give you an accurate timing.  You probably have a timing of the other items.
With regard to the ‘Norfolk Rhapsody’ there is only one  - Nos 2 & 3 were scrapped long ago.  I suggest that if we include the ‘Running Set’  it should come last to make a cheerful end.
Also would it be a good plan to start with the Norfolk Rhapsody, put the Tallis Fantasia  second & the ‘Four Hymns’ immediately after which being in much the same mood as the Fantasia would make a good pendant to it - But again I must leave this to you as an experienced programme maker.
Yours sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1. See VWL1181. Herbage was arranging a concert of works by VW, which Boult had invited VW to conduct.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 910, VW artist
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW signed by VW.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 242
Original database number: 
340118