Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Margaret James

Letter No.: 
VWL1576
July 22 [1939]

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

Dear Miss James1

I have been experimenting with Pipe Music & send you the results of my “trial & error”
(1) Suite for 4 Pipes2
(2) 3 movements for Viola Suite arranged for 4 pipes & Pfte.3
I have, I hope, not gone outside the compass laid down by you for me and I have, I think, used no chromatic notes - it was rather fun seeing how far one could get without using them (I get once to Db)
I send you the original of the Va Suite as well. Do you think my “Charterhouse Suite”4 would arrange for pipes? - Would one of your clever young ladies care to do it?
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams


1.  Margaret James, Founder of the Pipers Guild, of which VW was elected President in 1933. 
2.  Collected Works 1939/3, first performed at the Pipers’ Guild summer school at Chichester in August 1939.
3.  Collected Works 1934/11. This arrangement is not noted in Kennedy, Catalogue of the Works of RVW.
4.  Collected Works 1920/6.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/9, ff.196-198
General notes: 

Date based on footnote 2.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
390722