Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
[March 1941]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,


...noble work.

No I missed the Rubbra Symph1 - I am sorry. I expect that it was Sat: afternoon when I am always conducting the “Messiah”.
I did once arrange the 5 M. songs for str 4tet & pfte2 - but where the copy is I have no idea - possibly Stainer & Bell have got it - but probably they will not know.
If you use it for str: orch you had better make a D Bass part.
My love to Joyce.


1. Rubbra's Third Symphony was broadcast on Thursday 20 March 1941, according to the Radio Times.
2. Five Mystical Songs (Catalogue of Works, 1911/2). No note of this arrangement is given in Kennedy, Catalogue of Works.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
General notes: 

Date assumed from date of letter (5th February 1941) from The English Hymnal Co. Ltd, on the back of which this letter is written, and reference to Rubbra.
The beginning of the letter is missing.

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