Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
[3rd August 1945]

The White Gates

Dear Gerald

Thank you so much for the clar1 pieces which I will report on, if I may, when I have heard them. I've never done the Parry2 at a public performance. I shd rescore it if I were you from the vocal score.  - I will see what I can do about the concerto parts3.
I enter a strong protest against your excellent orchestra which includes several young & lovely women (including your own wife) being described as “old ladies”.4

1. Five Bagatelles, op.23, for clarinet and piano.
2. Howard Ferguson thinks this might refer to Parry's The Glories of our Blood and State for chorus and orchestra, of which Finzi was fond.
3. See VWL1947. Finzi had asked for a set of parts for VW’s Violin Concerto.
4. The Newbury String Players.

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