Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Norman Peterkin

Letter No.: 
VWL1819
Nov 14 [1943]

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Peterkin

                                   New Commonwealth

I am anxious as you say to make the unison version as cheap as possible - so I suggested suggest leaving out the alternative choral version of verse 2 altogether. After all there is going to be an unaccompanied SATB version issued separately - Otherwise I suggest putting in the alternative S.A.T.B. version between the 2nd  & 3rd verse with an appropriate note as to what to omit in the each case.
Personally I see no harm in the present arrangement - we did the same I think with ‘England my England’1  - but I think omission is the best course - anything to keep the price down!
If you decide to issue that organ arrangement of “Greensleeves” I had better look at it again before you print - there is a discrepancy in the number of bars between the various versions.2
Yrs

R Vaughan Williams


1.  This choral song, Catalogue of Works 1941/1, was also issued in a unison version which has an optional descant.
2.  An organ arrangement of the song by Stanley Roper was published by Oxford University Press in 1947, see Catalogue of Works 1934/1 e.

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File 2008C
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This letter must be subsequent to VWL1804.

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Letter
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431114