Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Bush

Letter No.: 
VWL1524
March 10 [1939]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Dr Bush

Herewith the Flourish1 promised (‘Flourish’ please which is good English – not “Fanfare” which is bad French).
I have written for concert Flute (in c) Horns in F, & Trombones 1 & 2 in Tenor cleff.2
If your band master wants Db Flute, Horns in Eb & Trombones 1 & 2 in bass or Treble cleff kindly ask your copyist to transpose accordingly.
– I had better check the parts when they are ready
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1.  ‘Flourish for wind band', Collected Works 1939/6, performed at the Pageant of Music for the People, Royal Albert Hall, 1 April 1939. The score is at the British Library, Add MS 57489; the parts are now at the British Library, Add. MS MSS Mus. 404-405. See VWL3719, VWL3721, VWL1456 and VWL1512.
2.  sic.

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Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
390310