Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Victor Hely-Hutchinson (BBC)

Letter No.: 
VWL1891
May 25 [1945]

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Hely Hutchinson

I hear there was a very fine performance of my D. Symph1 yesterday for which I am grateful – I have decided to omit the “motto” which is part of the title of the 3rd movement.2 Would you be so good as to instruct the announcer at any future performances (if any!) that this quotation from ‘Pilgrims Progress’ is not to be read out.  - I find it leads to misunderstanding
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1. The Fifth Symphony (Catalogue of Works 1943/2).
2. ‘Upon this place stood a cross, and a little below a sepulchre. Then he said: “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death”.’ Taken from The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

Location of original letter:

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

Year taken from stamp of receipt.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 446
Original database number: 
450525