Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Henry Wood

Letter No.: 
Feb 5 1943

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

Dear Wood

I have come to the conclusion that my new Symphony1 must now go forward “for better, for worse’ - So would you like me to send it to you & see if you wd like to do it (The orchestration may want a little revision (I am taking it to Gordon Jacob for that purpose, as usual).
It plays about 35 minutes - & though not technically difficult will I am sure want a good deal of rehearsal to make it “come off’ - so perhaps for that reason, if for no other, you may not think it suitable.
I am delighted that you approve of Gundry’s2 Suite
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams

1. Symphony no.5 in D. See VWL1749 for further developments.
2. Inglis Gundry, a pupil of VW. The Suite referred to is probably Heyday Freedom.

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Add MS 56422, f.149

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MS Mus. 1714/1/15, f.6
Cobbe 408
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