Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Imogen Holst

Letter No.: 
VWL1266
14 JUL 34

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Imogen
 It entirely depends whether you are going to have a tablet as well - I very much hope you are going to have a tablet & was going to write to you whether I cdnt start a movement to get one put up - as a gift say from Paulinas & Morleyites1 - what do you think of the idea?
 If you have the tablet I think “Gustav Holst composer” (and the dates).  Perhaps even without the tablet that wd be enough - though I should have liked a few bars of “Over the tree tops waft me a song”.2 I don’t like “Maker of music” and I don’t expect you do either.3

Love from
Uncle Ralph

Sorry for specially bad writing - I am in bed with a poisoned leg isn’t it stupid!


1. i.e. former pupils of Holst at Morley College and old girls of St Pauls Girls School.
2. A passage from Holst’s Ode to Death, op.38, shortly after fig.12. Ode to Death was a work which VW greatly admired - he had conducted the first London performance on 19th December 1923. See VWL539.
3. A memorial tablet was placed in the floor of Chichester Cathedral - four diamond shaped stones with the simple inscription: ‘1874 Gustav Holst 1934’. Illustrated in Imogen Holst (compiler), A scrap-book for the Holst Birthplace Museum (East Bergholt, 1978), p.108.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
HOL/2/8/2/237

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/8, f.161 (transcript)
General notes: 

Date in the hand of Imogen Holst.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
340714