Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
VWL1401
Oct 14 [1938]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear Gerald

The exhortation1 was beautiful - & I thought well sung.
I like the obvious ones best - Ditty & When she sighed - though I like the apple man very much - though is he a bit too sinister?
I want to give a lecture one day on the English song - showing how you & Gurney & Robin2 & one or two others have at last found the musical equivalent of English poetry only that wd mean an intensive study of all your songs which my natural laziness boggles at.
My love to Joyce
Yrs

RVW


1. A Young Man's Exhortation, for tenor and pianoforte.
2. Ivor Gurney and Robin Milford were both students of VW at the Royal College of Music.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
General notes: 

Date of this letter is uncertain. The letterhead precludes it having been written in 1933 at the time of the first publication of Finzi's song cycle.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 303
Original database number: 
381014a