Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
VWL1261
[Early June 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Adrian

I saw Imogen Holst yesterday & she was much distressed at the idea that an early & immature work like the “Ballet Suite” shd be included in the programme of June 22nd.1
I myself feel that where there is enough beautiful music to fill about 6 programmes [it is a pity] that any time shd be taken up with what is not the best.
Yrs

R Vaughan Williams


1. The Suite de ballet, H43, of 1899 (revised 1912). It seems that despite VW’s representations Boult retained the work (three of the four movements) in the programme – see Michael Short, Gustav Holst - the man and his music, p.328.

Location of original letter:

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

Written shortly after VWL1260.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
340605a