Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Ireland

Letter No.: 
VWL1551
[About November 1941]

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

Dear John

Thankyou for “Sarnia”1 - I think No 1 is beautiful & I liked the simplicity of No 2 so much - I hope you don’t think it cheeky of me to say all this.  No 3 I did not make so much of first time - partly because the pianistic brilliancy of it prevented my seeing the wood for the trees.
I used to feel the same with Elgar’s Symphonies - the actual orchestral virtuosity prevented me seeing the music behind it - all my own fault as I realise now
Yrs

RVW


1. For piano, composed 1940-41.

Location of original letter:

General notes: 

Sarnia was deposited in the British Museum in November 1941.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 371
Original database number: 
4111xa