Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Major Percy S.G. O’Donnell (BBC)

Letter No.: 
VWL1646
Dec 11 [1939]

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

Dear Major O’Donnell

Many thanks for your letter. I should be delighted to be with you on Jan 2nd.1 
As regards the two marching tunes I have selected 5 from which I should like you to choose the two which you feel would “get across” the best – It is fearfully important to make a good impression the first time –
My list is as follows
                 ( Haste to the Wedding )    already in your repertoire
 Any two    ( Black Nag                   )   "
 Of these   ( Blue Eyed Stranger
                 ( Cobblers Jig
                 ( Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

Those you said you could kindly get arranged2 – I enclose a very rough harmonisation, in case useful, but I wd much rather leave it to the experience of you & your arrangers – using mine as a basis or not as you like.
Yours sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1.  For the background to this letter see VWL1617, and the letter from O’Donnell to Reginald Thatcher in the footnote.
2.  By Gerard Williams.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 910, VW composer
General notes: 

Year date taken from context.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
391211