Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Norman Peterkin

Letter No.: 
[16 February, 1942]

The White Gates,

Dear Peterkin

(Forgive war time paper)
(1)  With regard to Roy Douglas and the Meyerbeer - I suppose I must accept as I have undertaken to provide a score and have not time to do it myself for at least 2 months.  I suppose I will get it back in time provided anyone performs the work (I forget what proportion of the hiring fees goes to the composer).
As regards the style I certainly want it done “in a serviceable manner” using the original merely as a general guide.
It should be done for ordinary full orchestra - but liberally cued in.1

1.  'The blessing of the swords', an arrangement from Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. Catalogue of Works 1942/6.

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File 1187
General notes: 

To OUP - Norman Peterkin. Letter is incomplete.  Peterkin replied on 12 March that Douglas would proceed along the lines VW had suggested.
Date assumed; marked as received the following day by Norman Peterkin.
P.3 of this letter appears to be VWL1754.

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