Letter from Sir Henry Wood to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL1275
25th January 1938.

Dear Dr. Vaughan Williams,

I cannot tell you the gratitude I feel that you should write me so kindly regarding my request. I do not for a moment however propose that this work of yours should be written as an ode to myself, for I would like it to be a choral work that can be used at any time, and for any occasion. I would not think of asking you to write a work that might only be used the once, which would naturally be the case were it written round myself.
Perhaps for such a work you already have many poems by you.1
With kind regards,
Sincerely yours,

[Henry J. Wood


1.  VW decided to set the words from The Merchant of Venice Act V Sc 1 ('How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!') as the Serenade to Music.

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Add MS 56422, f. 140
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Typewritten.

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380125